It has been suggested by various wine folks that quality wine should reflect the sense of place where the grapes are grown and how the wines are made. The skills of the winemaker craft the wine into the finished flavor offerings for our customers to mull over and evaluate. The wines of Five H are personified with this basic philosophy! All of the Five H wines are made to reflect that sense of place and style with a slight divergence from the norm!
Our Five H label represents five unique individuals with five different life journeys, two well-traveled, and three still awaiting their adventures. Above all, Five H embodies each Hinman family member: Doyle, Sue Ann, Chelsea, Brady and Cody.
Five H marks a return to the beginning of the Hinman family’s journey when Doyle made his first wines over 30 years ago at Hinman Vineyards, one of the first “wave of wineries” in 1979. Five H is dedicated to offering special wines that represent the very best the Pacific Northwest has to offer. The Five H family of wines is complete…White Riesling, Heritage (red blend) and vineyard designate Syrah are ready to be experienced and enjoyed.
Five H Columbia Valley White Riesling is fermented cool, which helps generate an inspirational aroma, which makes the wine enjoyable before it even reaches your taste buds. The wine depicts floral fruits, and various spring and summer is fermented cool, which helps generate an inspirational aroma, rendering the wine enjoyable even before it reaches your taste buds by sweetness, offering a richness and depth characteristic of Five H’s White Riesling wine.
Five H Heritage
Five H Heritage is our rendition of a red wine blend. Five H prides itself by offering a unique and intriguing wine for this popular wine category. Our past vintages of Five H Heritage have been completely different from each other. This allows us flexibility to keep the standards of our Heritage red blend consistent.
Five H Syrah
The Five H Syrah was harvested at lower sugar levels (brix) than other producers in the region. The reason for the early harvest was to yield a less-bold finished wine.
Five H believes the character of a true Syrah wine should reflect style and structure in abundance – without overpowering high alcohols. Our Syrah shows ripe fruit that is bursting with flavors of plum and black cherries. Of course, the wine also has a hint of spice that is characteristic of classic Syrah. Sturdy tannins will give this wine a long life to develop even more complexity.
This wine was a labor of love that the Hinman family is excited to share.
About Five H Wines
Why “Five H White Riesling” and not “Five H Riesling”?
In the early days of the Oregon wine industry, there were concerns about honest labeling. During that period, riesling had many names, like Johannesburg riesling, Wach riesling and Rhine riesling. At the time, the Oregon wine industry and OLCC determined that the term white riesling was required.In the early 1990s, however, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) determined riesling and white riesling were synonymous. Given the Hinman family’s tradition and their personal history with the varietal, they decided on white riesling for Five H.
What is Sussreserve?
Süssreserve is unfermented grape juice back-blended into a fully-fermented dry wine – such is the case with Five H White Riesling. The process adds sweetness, balances the natural wine acids and enhances the fruit character of the finished wine. It is also a stylistic touch, which Doyle learned while studying winemaking at Germany’s famed Geishenheim Wine Institute many years ago.
The winemaker makes a determination to add Süssreserve after the wine is finished fermenting. This allows the winemaker control over the finished wine. White riesling is inherently acidic and tart when fermented to dryness. Süssreserve can balance the character to perfection and enhance the white riesling flavor.
The more common approach to developing sweetness in white riesling involves stopping the fermentation before the wine is totally dry. This leaves sweetness in the wine, but, in the opinion of the Hinman family, does not intensify the original flavor profiles for this noble grape like Süssreserve. It may be more difficult to produce finished white riesling wine in the Süssreserve style, but it is worth the extra effort.