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Tasting Notes

The Hogue Cellars 1997 Johannisburg Riesling

The Hogue Cellars
PO Box 31
Prosser, WA 99350

Vintage: 1997
Variety: Johannisburg Riesling
Appellation: Washington
Price: $15
Rating: 88


Anthony Dias Blue Tasting Notes:

The Hogue brothers are primarily growers of hops which they supply to brewers around the country. They started growing grapes as a hobby and, in just a few years, have become the second biggest winery in Washington State. Riesling is one of the world's most noble white grapes and it does very well in the cool vineyards of the Columbia and Yakima Valleys. This crisp and seductive food wine has natural fruit sweetness balanced by brisk and lively fruit acid that finishes clean and tangy.


Winery Notes:

The Hogue Family has been a force in Washington Agriculture since the 1950's, when patriarch Wayne Hogue began planting hops, mint, asparagus and grapes for juices and jellies on his 1,200 acres of rich, Yakima Valley farmland.

Owned and operated by the Hogue family, the winery's phenomenal success is rooted in the traditional values of the family and farm. Although Hogue Farms had functioned primarily as a hops farm for many years, in 1974 Mike Hogue stepped away from the familiar, and planted the winery's first vinifera grapes. In 1982, he produced the first Hogue wines. Early vintages dazzled the critics at prestigious wine competitions. Mike was joined by brother Gary in 1987 and the winery quickly gained an outstanding reputation.

The Hogue Cellars wines have been long recognized for their pure varietal fruit character which can only come from fruit grown in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, the winemakers have been acknowledged as industry leaders. Recently, Dan Berger of the LA Times Syndicate named the winery's David Forsyth as "Winemaker of the Year," saying that the Hogue name is ". . . synonymous with world-class wines from a dozen grape varieties."


Tasting Notes—October 1998

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