The Hogue family planted its first vineyard over 25 years ago and soon realized that Washington’s climate and soils had the potential to nurture world-class wines. The Hogue Cellars mission has always been to make wines that fulfill the promise of the land, using superior viticulture and winemaking techniques. Today, the family’s original vision is celebrated in Genesis wines, which are crafted with the highest quality fruit from acclaimed vineyards throughout Columbia Valley. The 2008 Merlot is scented with blueberry, spicy sandalwood, cinnamon, and leather. On the palate, it’s rich and creamy with dark cherry, maple, cocoa, and a note of orange zest.