Dried Hibiscus, Crushed Rose Petal, Christmas Spice
Planted in 1991, the 50-acre Hawks View Vineyard offers the ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The eastern-facing slope and Laurelwood soils, combined with dry farming and hand harvesting, allow for wines of great character and distinction.
The 2017 vintage began cold and rainy during flowering in our estate blocks. This rain reduced the size and number of clusters at fruit set. The reliably dry summer months finished with heat extremes in August that shut the vines down once temperatures rose above 90 degrees and caused some grape dehydration. Harvest however began under ideal conditions in late September with grapes for Sparkling Rose, White Pinot, and the Pinot gris, followed by receiving Pinot noir for red wine production over the next two weeks. The end of October saw the last fruit of the season at perfect ripeness. In the cellar as the Pinot noirs emerged from fermentation, bright cherry and floral notes were prevalent from the older blocks and intense blackberry notes from the younger Dijon clones.
"A very bright mix of red fruit and floral notes are apparent right away on the nose. An intensification of the strawberry and hibiscus meet a pleasant vanilla undercurrent on the palette. Moments after the wine leaves your mouth, you'll find a a fine-grain, silky tannin and an ethereal reprise of the fruit and spice array. The concentrated fruit is balanced by a complimentary acidity, creating a consummately food friendly wine. This wine is a tribute to the founder of the winery, Jack Kemp--a wine as beautiful and well crafted as the winery itself." - Winemaker, Don Crank III