Hi! In response to overwhelming demand from you, the faithful readers of Wineguider, tonight we kick off a special series of reviews examining affordable cabernets that have one-word names beginning with the letter H.
First in line: Hogue, from Washington State’s Columbia Valley. This 2008 cab is just $8 at Total Wine, but often goes for $10. While it’s a bit on the light side for a cabernet, a light cab could be wonderful. Let’s find out.
Hogue smells nice. You get cloves, a nice ”fertile soil” smell, and some cranberry-ish red fruit. But in your mouth, the familiar red fruit and tannins leave you with a slightly tinny aftertaste. Unusual, but quickly tiring. Worse, this wine is actually hard to taste. It’s a bit generic. Hogue is vague.
I love the price, but this Washington value cabernet is: