Honeydew Melon, All Spice, Mandarin Orange
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.
"Hawks View Winery Block 15 Pinot Gris grapes were allowed to ripen longer than the rest of the estate fruit. The sugars naturally increased and classic Alsatian flavors emerged because of this extended hang time and the noble rot, Botrytis Cinerea. The nose brings to mind mandarin orange and nectarine while on the palate there are the sweet flavors of honeydew melon and blood orange. Within a few moments the ample acid balances the sweetness of this late harvest wine. A compliment to all manner of rich desserts or perhaps get fancy with a torchon of foie gras, toast points, marmalade and a strong cheese." - Winemaker, Don Crank III
Food Pairing Notes
Rich desserts, torchon of foie gras, toast points, marmalade, and a strong cheese. Shines with spicy Thai food!
The 2019 season began with a winter that was cold and wet, but was followed by a warm spring. Near record precipitation amounts during late June and early July brought increased disease pressure to the estate vineyard. The 2019 harvest will be mostly remembered for the early rains in September and rapid cool down into October which attempted to force winemakers’ hands across the Willamette Valley. Degree-day totals were marked by the lowest heat accumulation experienced in September and October since 2007. While waiting for flavors to set, higher humidity caused some damage in the Pinot noir blocks. Suspect bunches were meticulously culled with several passes in the field dropping fruit and long hours were spent on the sorting table making sure only the best fruit made it to tank. In the end, all of the hard work proved worthwhile as the wines show classic Oregon Pinot Noir flavors of hibiscus and dusty cherry, but with exceptional length and elegant textures. The first vintage of Chardonnay to be harvested from the estate vineyard was bright, lean and fruity. However, there were a few barrels of the clone 76 had truly exceptional qualities, enough to mark them as our first ever Reserve bottling of Chardonnay. Our first vintage of Syrah harvested from Cockburn vineyard on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla AVA was allowed to hang a bit longer than their previous vintages as the area had a dry but cooler harvest conditions. This beautiful Syrah fruit has made an amazing barrel aged wine