Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on September 7, 2008:
I know my number two is no bouquet of flowers, but it wasn’t mine that killed 3 mushroom workers over the weekend. WaMu finally ousted its greedy CEO after letting its stock lose almost 90% of its value over the last year. Can’t wait to see what his severance bounty will be so all them stockholders will have more to number two about. The Feds are now my landlord, as are half the nation that have mortgages, after seizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Since when was Sunday a business news day? If you’re a Seattle sports fan, this is not your weekend, either. Puskies choke, Cougs coug’d it, and Seachickens laid an egg. And those lame Mariners decide to start winning now…basically blowing their chance at the number one pick in next year’s draft. Thank goodness the Storm are run by women. And if you were in a tasting room this weekend, you were one of the few who had a productive 48 hours.
Okay, I gotta admit this review will be a tough one. I just returned from Betz Family Winery where they celebrated their fall releases and they were all knockouts. The La Cote Rousse was my winner with its deep, inky black color and hallucinatory bouquet to match the sublime flavors of this silky syrah. I could write a review of this but I only had three 2-oz pours versus two of Besoleil and one of La Serenne. That’s like saying 95, 94, and 93.
Picked this Hogue-y up at the market after reading a Kinssies review. One rant about our local reviewers is that their picks tend to stay in the below-$20 range, which is fine, but hey, throw in a Betz or Quilceda Creek every now and then. We buy those, too. But, I digress. You know, we all see those wine displays all over the market and I bet the same thought crosses your mind, as mine: they’re just pushing that particular wine cuz they got a good deal and not due to its quality. So, the perfect challenge arose…some dude’s ‘pick of the week’ versus a displayed wine in front of the milk section, on ‘sale’, no less.
At least Hogue is a familiar name…founded in 1982 but now owned by Constellation Brands. (Note to corporate: update your website…the pinot grigio notes are still on 2005).
One of the first WA wine names I am familiar with, dating back to my early dating-days of the late 80’s at Anthony’s. Lots of history, but as you know, the family Hogue has moved on to new ventures. So, Hogue suffered from inconsistency but is now back on track with a sweet pinch on this white punch. I first threw a snack plate of: stale honey grahams, Beecher’s Flagship cheese, Ritz, and Wheaties. Upset-city as the stale honey grahams won the pairing of the night off this plate. There must be some residual sugar in this wine. I then threw my dinner at it, not literally, consisting of homemade yakisoba with bits of leftover hot dogs, Spam, hard tofu, and veggies. Sprinkled in some crumbled teriyaki seaweed and Korean fermented vegetables and this was quite a surprising match. Hope your summer ended as well.
Nose: honeydew, white flowers, and nectarine. Color: light platinum. Mouthfeel: wispy. Tail trail: 3 seconds. Flavors: melon, green apple, and a hint of lychee. Off-dry, moderate feel.
Alcohol: 13.5%. Stelvin cap. Thousands of cases. Columbia Valley AVA. Rated: 80. Value: $9. Paid: $7. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.