2008 Hogue Riesling Genesis

Year: 2008
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA-Washington
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 90
White Wine
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"Floral and spicy overtones add interest to the modest citrus and green apple flavors in this fragrant white. Drink now. 7,100 cases made." (WS)

"The 2008 Riesling Genesis exhibits an alluring nose of slate/mineral, peach, and apricot. Just off-dry and nicely balanced by lively acidity, it will provide pleasurable drinking for another 2-3 years.

The Hogue Cellars appears to be in a renaissance of sorts. The last time I tasted their wines I was unable to recommend any of them; times have obviously changed. It is Washington’s third largest producer (600,000 cases) and the vineyards (but not the winery) are still owned by the Hogue family." (WA)

"Keenly defined pure Riesling fruit is the centerpiece of this very bright, slightly sweet offering, and touches of stones and fresh flowers afford the wine with a bit of real complexity. Still very young-seeming and quite long on the palate, this is one that is sure to keep well, and it should develop nicely for several years providing that its immediate charms can be resisted. GOOD VALUE" (CG)

"Hogue’s Genesis bottling is far more limited than the winery’s other Rieslings, and offers extra dimensions in terms of concentration and grip. Though just 12.6% alcohol, it tastes dry enough, with juicy acidity and green apple flavors. What elevates it above the less expensive bottling is its length, the minerality and the hints of white flower, Mandarin orange and stone." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Every year some of our finest Riesling vineyards stand head and shoulders above the rest. We chose several of these vineyard blocks, earmarked them for Genesis and picked them at the optimal ripeness. What resulted is a beautifully balanced, intense Riesling. Rich and crisp, the wine has aromas and flavors of orange, grapefruit zest, peach and lush pineapple. The balance between its racy acidity and moderate sweetness makes the Genesis Riesling wonderful as an aperitif or a delicious complement to spicy Southeast Asian dishes such as chicken satay.