Tuesday, August 30, 2011
2002 Hoage Vineyards "The Hedge" Syrah.
This was the first commercial release of this wine. Previous vintages were sold to the now-defunct Garretson Wine Company and bottled as Bulladoir Syrah from the Terry Hoage Vineyard. While Jennifer Hoage is now the winemaker, the first two vintages of this wine were made by Justin Smith of Saxum fame. Hoage Vineyards is now known as Terry Hoage Vineyards after reaching a legal agreement with Washington's Hogue Cellars. Paso Robles was flying completely under my radar until I heard of Mat Garretson (a fellow University of Georgia graduate) making a wine from a vineyard owned by former Georgia Bulldog All-American Safety Terry Hoage. And although Mat is now selling wine and spirits for a wholesaler in Minnesota and Terry's wines have gotten a bit too pricey for my limited wine budget, I'll always owe these two Dawgs a debt of gratitude for introducing me to Paso Robles; my current favorite California wine region.