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.
We always said you could get the best S & M here at Hard Row to Hoe, and now it is official with a Gold Medal won in the North Central Washington Wine Competition. More than a gratuitous name, it is a beautiful wine made from blend of estate Lake Chelan Syrah and Malbec. So good it hurts!
We are ecstatic about our Gold Medal winners at the Seattle Wine Awards this summer, all are stunners ones you should have in your cellar : 2015 Chardonnay, 2014 Cabernet Franc, 2015 "Rumours" Estate Roussanne/Marsanne. And every one made from our estate grapes grown in the Lake Chelan Valley! Grab a few bottles while they last.