WILD HOGGE WINES
WILD HOGGE 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Black plum and baked red cherry notes meet with concentrated purple flowers and exotic Middle Eastern spices on the nose of this bottling. The palate starts with sour cherry, then dives into richer kirsch, tobacco, leather and coffee flavors, finishing on a dry, sanguine note. - Matt Kettmann
2012 was a wonderful year for our Cabernet Sauvignon which proved to be very fruit forward. These grapes were hand picked from two blocks of grapes which offer the wine a multiple of flavors. More than half of these grapes come from a cooler valley floor that provide an intense dark richness while the high sunny hillside fruit ripened quickly in the hot sun offering bright cherries. The wine stayed in the barrel, 40% new French oak, for 3 years before being bottled and then rested in the bottle for an additional year prior to release. This wine is drinking well now and should cellar well for another 10 years or more. 177 cases were produced.
WILD HOGGE 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
88 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2011 was a challenging growing year. We had a late frost that reduced yields by 40% and then had a cool summer resulting in earthy, oaky and a lighter style Cabernet - almost old world style - not the Paso Robles, fruit-forward Cabs we are known for here. Half of the grapes come from a high, sunny west facing ridge and the other half from a low, shaded, north-facing block which ripened weeks later. The latter produces smaller clusters which add more intense flavors and tannins to the final blend. The nose demonstrates dark berry fruit tones and earthiness. This wine is aged in French oak barrels, 25% new, for 2 years and matured in the bottle for a further 2 years before release and will keep well for another 10 years. We recommend decanting this prior to serving. 312 cases were produced.
WILD HOGGE 2011 PINOT NOIR
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
This Burgundian style vintage started rather difficult early on because of the late frost which came at the time of flowering in May. Subsequent weather patterns improved producing a smaller crop which ripened later with good fruit and concentrated flavors. These Pinot grapes enjoyed the cooler summer. Aged in French oak barrels, 25% new, for 18 months, this wine now has good color and a classic Burgundy nose. The tannins are mature, with plenty of fruit flavors making a nicely balanced wine. 209 cases were produced.
WILD HOGGE 2009 TREE FROG
GOLD Medal - Affairs of the Vine
This unique blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon combines the best of Central Coast’s favorite varietals. The Syrah grapes come from a vineyard on the West side of Paso Robles and produced the best Syrah we have ever tasted - almost a crime to blend it! The grapes for the Cabernet Sauvignon come from two blocks of our neighbor’s vineyard; one high, west-facing and the other from the valley floor. Both were aged in 30% new French oak barrels for 29 months before being blended. This dark, rich blend has an earthy quality balanced with a fruit forward nose. The Syrah (70%) contributes a clove spice with soft tannins complimenting the Cabernet which adds structure to the blend. 219 cases were produced.
WILD HOGGE 2010 MOONGATE
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
This wine is a blend of Primitivo 75%, Cabernet Franc 12.5%, and Syrah 12.5%, all sourced from neighboring vineyards. Primitivo is an Italian clone of Zinfandel and contributes an unique taste of rich ripe fruit. The Cab Franc adds a little black pepper, and the Syrah balances out the richness of the Primitivo. Matured in American oak for 2 years and in the bottle for another 2 years, the wine exhibits a powerful aroma of earthiness and dark berry fruit. The palate has a rich texture and notes of blackberry jam. Will go well with any lamb dish or rich Italian meal. 168 cases were produced.
WILD HOGGE 2012 SAUVIGNON BLANC
The grapes for this wine were sourced from the West side of Paso Robles where cool afternoon breezes from the Pacific Ocean provide an ideal climate for ripening. The wine is pale straw-colored and has a predominant nose of green apples with hints of tropical fruit. The palate is rather dry but soft and well balanced with notes of fresh fruit. A refreshing wine, ideal for a warm sunny afternoon. 192 cases were produced.
WILD HOGGE 2009 CHARDONNAY
These grapes come from a small vineyard closer to the coast on the West side of Paso Robles. The juice was fermented in stainless steel initially, but spend the last 6 months in French oak barrels, 25% new oak. The final product is marked by smokey oak, balanced with floral notes bearing a hint of flint, vanilla and lavender. This Chardonnay ends long with a touch of marshmallow and apple. Mature and is drinking well now. 98 cases were produced and is just about sold out.
WILD HOOGE 2012 Moongate: 168 cases. Silver Medal - Central Coast Wine Competition.
WILD HOGGE 2012 Pinot Noir: 259 cases. 93 points from the Wine Enthusiast.
WILD HOGGE 2013 Pinot Noir: 115 cases. Recently available.
WILD HOGGE 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon: 259 cases. Silver Medal - Central Coast Wine Competition.