Alan Boehmer

Wild Hogge 2010 Moongate Review


2010 Wild Hogge “Moongate,” Paso Robles

With a deep ruby color and beautiful texture, the 2010 Moongate greets the nose with an outstanding candied aroma of ripe plum and exotic warm spices. Delicious on the palate, this wine displays an unusual balance between the rich fruitiness of California wines and the discipline of fine French and Italian examples. While fully flavored, with an almost interminable finish, it drinks quite dry in contrast to many California Zinfandels and Zinfandel blends that call to mind alcoholic fruit juice. Composed of 75% single vineyard Primitivo (a Zinfandel prototype), along with infusions of Cabernet Franc and Syrah, Wild Hogge Moongate is one of the finest Zinfandel-based blends we have tasted. Enjoy this luscious wine with rich meaty wild hog!

Alan Boehmer

Author, Wine Basics (Globe Pequot Press)