I've been following Hogue Cellars
Hogue Cellars Fume Blanc is a lovely pale gold, with just the faintest hint of green in the glass, and more tart than floral on the nose, this is a Sauvignon Blanc that's on the dry side. It's less melon or tropical fruit, and more green apple, of the tartly sweet Granny Smith sort. It's a 12.5% ABV, and while quite drinkable on its own, this is a wine that's awfully fun to pair with food—especially in this dryer style. It's a little more green-apple than the 2007 Barnard Griffin Fume Blanc that I favor, but I think Hogue Cellar's Fume Blanc would do very well indeed with crab, especially local Dungeness crab, and I'd like to try it with a smoked salmon chowder. Hogue hasn't seen fit to update their Web site since 2005, so I don't know for sure—but I suspect that this Fume Blanc is a blend with Semillion. I notice that Semillion is frequently blended with Sauvignon Blanc, which, I confess reminds me that I need to start trying Washington Semillion. I've been putting it off because of one, rather unpleasant Semillion, but I am going to reform.