Our Burning Desire in the News

The Tasting Panel Magazine started in 2007 and is now the most widely distributed beverage trade magazine in the county.  Their collective reporting seeks to “enhance the joy of wine and spirits for the trade and the public.” 

We’re happy to share that our 2016 Estate Burning Desire Cabernet Franc has once again received high marks in their September 2019 edition.  It’s fitting that this month they’re “Seriously Smitten” with our award-winning wine. 

Read more about us on page 74…. HERE

Jeb Dunnuck Scores

Jeb Dunnuck Scores

Jeb Dunnuck is a wine reviewer, formally with Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate.

Dunnuck’s goal with JebDunnuck.com is to provide insight and up-to-date information that can’t be found anywhere else. “Too often today, the ‘story’ behind a wine is put before the quality of a wine,” Dunnuck said. “I want to help consumers cut through the marketing and the spin and zero in on what’s in the glass.”

Not ones to boast, but we’re very proud of his reviews of our wines!

2017 Hard Row to Hoe Bordello Blanc 90 points

2016 Hard Row to Hoe Barbera 91 points

2016 Burning Desire Cabernet Franc 94 points

2016 Hard Row to Hoe Cabernet Sauvignon 92 points

2016 Hard Row to Hoe Pinot Nior 91 points

2016 Hard Row to Hoe Primitivo 88 points

2016 Hard Row to Hoe Syrah 91 points

2016 Hard Row to Hoe S & M 91 points

2106 Hard Row to Hoe Tempranillo 90 points


And the results are in!

A panel of winemakers, viticulturists, wine buyers, writers and restaurateurs from the west coat met for the annual Cascadia International Wine Competition in April. One of the judges was Erin Kirschenmann, managing editor of Wine Business Monthly magazine.

“The Cascadia International Wine Competition was a great opportunity to taste the incredible range of Pacific Northwest wines..” Kirschenmann said. “It’s wonderful to see the Pacific Northwest wine industry to continue to build on itself, producing wines of ever-higher quality by those who are truly passionate about their regions.”

Hard Row to Hoe is proud to announce that we were honored with the following awards:

Double gold medal- Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2018 Happy Ending White Dessert Wine, Lake Chelan

Gold medal- Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2016 Petite Sirah, Red Mountain

Silver medal- Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2016 S&M, Lake Chelan

Read more about the competition here.

Write for Wine's Review of Cabernet Franc

Margot Savell writes about Washington State wine in her blog ‘Write for Wine: It’s Wine O’Clock Somwhere’. She has been writing about wine since 1997 and really knows her stuff. She only writes about wines she loves and here she weights in on our 2016 Burning Desire Cabernet Franc as ‘one of her favorite Washington State Cab Franc”. Read the review here.

New Wine Reviews

We have to brag about the great scores received for our 2016 red wines from Jeb Dunnuck who says of Hard Row to Hoe : "This estate makes a bevy of beautiful wines from the Lake Chelan AVA".  93-95 pts for Estate Burning Desire Cabernet Franc, 91-94 pts Lake Chelan Syrah, 91 pts Barbera, 91 pts Lake Chelan Pinot Noir, 90 pts  Estate Tempranillo and 88 pts Primitivo.  Our winemaking team is crushing it! Read reviews at jebdunnuck.com ( subscription required). Of the Cab Franc, Mr. Dunnunck says "It's possibly the finest wine I've tasted from this appellation" and of the Pinot Noir "You don't find many noteworthy Pinot Noirs from Washington, but this is one of them" 

2016 Primitivo Release

Over Red Wine and Chocolate weekends (Feb. 10, 11 and 17, 18) we will be previewing the new vintage of Primitivo.  Come out and taste this delicious wine, which is always quick to sell out. It is a wine very similar to California zinfandel, big, rich, spicy and full of flavor. We love this wine and think you will too! This wine is a perennial gold medal winner and always a tasting room favorite. You may  order online here

Platinum Judging

Wine Press Northwest devotes itself to wines made in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and British Columbia. There is no one that knows this wine region better than Andy Purdue and Eric Degerman, so we are honored but have our wines do so well in their recent Platinum awards.  In this 18th Platinum Awards, they judge 'the best of the best', only including wines that have received gold medals in the past. Our 2014 Primitivo wins Platinum, and Gold and Double Gold for Cabernet Franc, Barbera, S&M and Rumours 

Licensed in Pennsylvania

We have received a permit from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board that allows us to ship wine directly to their residents. If you live there you may now receive up to 36 cases of wine per year (so get yourself over to our Wine Store and discover the best way to enjoy great wine!) Pennsylvania was one of the last last northeast states to allow this and we have had lots of people on the wait list for the wine club waiting for this to happen. So now it has!

Great Reviews from Rand Sealey

Our wines were reviewed in the October issue of Review of Washington Wines by Rand Sealey! Here are some of the reviews he gave our wines, subscribe to Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wine here. 

2014 Hard Row to Hoe Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan ($40)
From the Clos Chevalle Vineyard on the South Shore, this shows a brick red color and an enticing nose of strawberries, cherries and currants with scents of rose petals, orange peel, tobacco leaf and white incense. The medium bodied flavors are pleasingly supple, with notes of red licorice, cocoa powder, black tea and glacial minerals. On the back, the wine turns simultaneously grainy and satiny, with sensations of crème de cassis, recurring dried orange peel and light oak (30% new French), followed by a lingering lightly spiced moderate tannin finish. 19/20 points.

2014 Hard Row to Hoe Tempranillo, Lake Chelan ($45)
Blended with 20% Syrah, this is a tasty, terroir driven Tempranillo. Deep ruby colored, it possesses a a sultry, smoky nose of raspberry, cherry, mulberry, tobacco, cedar, lavender, herbs and spiced incense. The red fruit flavors are medium full bodied and well packed, with notes of licorice, chocolate, chicory coffee and glacial minerals. The chewy textured back picks up dried cherries and orange peel, grilled nuts and mocha, followed by a lingering, Rioja like dryish tannin finish. 19/20 points.

2016 Hard Row to Hoe Chardonnay, Lake Chelan ($25)
From the Dry Lake Vineyard, this offers a brilliant gold color and attractive aromas of apple, peach, citrus, apple blossoms, vanilla and spiced white incense. The flavors, as well, are appealing, with notes of peach stone, apple skin and minerals. The back is creamy textured (from full malolactic and sur lie aging), yet well delineated with fine acidity on the lemon zest accented persistently minerally finish. 18.5/20 points.

2016 Hard Row to Hoe “Bordello Blanc” White Wine, Lake Chelan ($28) 
The name is a pun on Bordeaux, for this blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% Semillon and 13% Muscadelle. It shows a brilliant gold color and intriguing aromas of peach, tangerine, melon and guava, with scents of honeysuckle, clover, lemongrass and spiced white incense. The flavors are vivid and resonant on the palate, with notes of peach stone, melon rind and glacial minerals. The vibrancy continues on the back with sensations of pëche liqueur and tangerine rind on the bright fruit acid (.65 g/100 ml.) finish. 18.5/20 points.

2016 Hard Row to Hoe Gewurztraminer, Lake Chelan ($28) 
From the Glacial Gravels estate vineyard, and made in a dry Alsace style, this shows a brilliant gold color and fragrant aromas of peach, apricot, honeydew melon and grapefruit, with scents of pink rose petals, clover, litchi nuts and spiced white incense. The flavors are rich and viscous, yet fresh and crisp, with notes of grape skin, fruit stones and glacial earth and minerals. The back picks up pêche liqueur, toasted hazelnuts and melon rind on the way to a dry, yet finely fruited and spiced finish. 18.5/20 points.