Hogue 2000 Columbia Valley Merlot ($10.99)
This clear, medium-dark garnet wine offers heady, fruity cherry-compote aromas, leading into bright and juicy black-cherry flavors shaped by snappy acidity; time in the glass adds sweet cherry-pie nuances with a hint of charred oak oddly reminiscent of Bourbon in the finish. US Importer: (Jun 21, 2003)
FOOD MATCH: Excellent with a rich stew made from chicken first roasted until brown with onions and garlic.
WEB LINK: http://www.hoguecellars.com/
FIND THIS WINE ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com
Wine notes in 'shelf-hanger' format:
We publish Wine Lovers' Page tasting reports in the familiar "shelf-hanger" size and format, to make it easy for wine merchants or collectors to print them out, clip and post them where this wine is displayed. We do ask, however, that the WineLoversPage.com name, logo and URL be left intact, and that these reports be used with the specific wines rated, not different bottlings or vintages.
Our tasting policy:
All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I accept no free samples from wineries or distributors, purchasing all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.