The Terry Hoage Vineyard bottling continues to be the bottling I grab to enjoy while I let the others slumber. It is just plain delish right out of the gates and this 2013 rendition is no exception. For me its all about soft tannin and rich fruit but no heaviness at all, it's almost delicate. Lots of red fruits, black berry and some sage notes, but the one characteristic that I ALWAYS get from THV, and maybe some of you have noticed this too (or maybe I'm just crazy?) is watermelon, specifically as you're eating
down towards the rind. Yeah, now that I'm typing this I realize I'm probably just crazy.........anyways! It's a pleaser, watermelon rind or not, it's just plain pleasurable to drink.
I think this is one of the, if not THE best vintage we have ever had. There are some vintages that are more of this or more of that, but the '13s have a bit of everything. Concentration, but not super rich (hello '14s!), soft tannins but still some grip, great fresh acids but nothing searing or ﬂabby, depth, depth, and more depth, they are as a whole wines that continue to evolve in the glass for days, every sip revealing something new, something that was hidden the previous sip. They will definitely reward a few years of cellaring but will be very enjoyable in the
Wine AdvocateStill not bottled, the 2013 Terry Hoage Vineyard shows lots of Grenache character in its plum, strawberries, incense and minty bouquet. This gives way to sexy, full-bodied red that has beautiful fruit, excellent mid-palate depth and sweet tannin that emerge on the finish. While tasting this with Justin, he commented that he always gets a hint of watermelon rind in this wine and I couldn't disagree. It will be reasonably approachable on release yet benefit from short-term cellaring and have 10-15 years of longevity.
Wine SpectatorIntensely structured yet balanced and richly textured. Floral blueberry and violet aromas are paired with complex, exuberant flavors of boysenberry, raspberry, cracked pepper and loamy mineral. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2026. 300 cases made.