Blackberry, Cardamom, Pie Cherry
2018 was a mild and dry winter followed by a cool spring with bud break delayed by 10 days compared to average. However, a warm May through August brought us back to normal ripening development. The bloom period was warm and dry that saw ninety-plus days without precipitation during the middle of the summer, and there was a prolonged harvest period from very beneficial weather conditions in October. Vineyard yields in these conditions were substantial and the 2018 harvest season was nearly perfect allowing for a wide range of wine styles. The physiological conditions of the grapes were right in line with their chemistries, creating textbook fermentations in the cellar. The whites were picked early and retained well balanced acids, while some blocks of Pinot noir were allowed to hang longer and developed a more robust tannic presence. Due to these ideal conditions the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the Rouge Valley were not harvested until nearly November, this additional hang time lent cassis and spiced plum flavors to the Hawk Attack.
The 2018 vintage is one of the finest ever seen in the Willamette valley and we are happy to present it in a perfect condition for enjoying or to cellar. The aromas were redolent of blackberry and pie cherry with some lovely cardamom and anise along for the ride. As the wine enters the mouth there is a burst of concentrated fruit compote. The finish leaves you with a pleasing mélange of opulent fruit and toasty notes. Aimed at the Pinot Noir connoisseur, the 2018 Barrel Select Pinot Noir is perfectly poised to add textural backbone dinners of roast meat, mushroom, and root vegetables. This wine was carefully selected from our best barrels to impress your friends and family or to just simply enjoy in its own right. We have rarely made a more opulent Pinot here at Hawks View over the years and we hope it helps you bring your favorite people together for a delicious experience. - Winemaker, Don Crank III