Hibiscus Flower, Laurelwood Soil, Strawberry Rhubarb
The Muirfield block was the first planted on our property in the eighties. This type of self-rooted Pinot Noir is disappearing due to Phylloxora disease in the Willamette Valley, and we are fortunate to have some original plantings of Pinot that still produce this quality of wine, particularly as we see more Oregon vineyards of this type being replaced by root stock plantings. This wine remains the finest example of what our vineyard can do in any given year when everything goes right.
"When I started working at Hawks View in the Summer of 2016, I was most excited by the blend of wine from the oldest vines on the site planted in 1986 to the Wadenswill clone of Pinot noir called the Muirfeld Block. The aromatic rose and hibiscus aromatic notes were similar to other Laurelwood sites that I had worked with in the Chehalem Mountains before, but this block gave the wine a concentration and intensity that was new to me for a Laurelwood soil Pinot. I was delighted to find out that this superior Pinot noir block was historically bottled separately as a reserve, but nervous to know if we would get this unique aromatic expression every vintage. The highlight of my 2017 harvest came as I swung open the door and began to dig out the Muirfeld tank. The wave of mixed floral potpouri filling the room was immediately reassuring. I was very relieved to find out that the block had done it again! The wine in barrel after pressing was very promising with more ageable tannin than other vintages that I had tasted in the library. The wine aged perfectly in the bottle and has now maybe even surpassed the 2016 in terms of its silky texture and lingering floral notes. I really love to make wines like this. It's like pulling off a magic trick that you still don't fully understand how it works. And then somehow doing it again the next year. I guess that in the end, I hope this smallest, reserve bottling of our oldest and dearest block of Pinot noir will bring you some of the mysterious delight that it continues to bring to us here at Hawksview." - Winemaker, Don Crank III