2020 Blanc de Noirs

This beautiful sparkling white wine is made from early picked and gently pressed whole cluster Pinot Noir grapes. The slow and cold fermentation brings you a delightful effervescent wine to enjoy at any celebration or intimate meal.

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SKU: 2020 BdN
Wine Specs
White Pinot Noir
Chehalem Mountains
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Orange Blossom, Red Delicious Apple, Juicy Pear
Winemaker Notes
"Blanc de Noir means "White from Black". In this case, we make a delicious white sparkling wine from Pinot Noir grapes which would make red wine if we would leave them to ripen more. When we pick Pinot noir grapes this early for sparkling, it preserves the lively acidity and creates a wine with apple, pear, and citrus notes. The 2020 Blanc de Noir is no exception. On the nose, the effervescence of this wine carries the aromas of red delicious apple, orange blossom and a talcum like minerality. The bright acidity of the wine is apparent on the palate, but immediately washed clean by a profusion of bubbles. The wine finishes with lingering flavors of green apple and juicy pear. The 2020 Blanc de Noirs is truly a great choice for celebrations, especially to begin the festivities." - Winemaker, Don Crank III
441 cases

Vintage Notes

A mild and dry winter in 2019-20 was followed by a dry growing season here at Hawks View. Spring was relatively cool, followed by wet conditions leading up to and during flowering. This resulted in difficulties with the grape vines setting fruit in June. Even though the vines set a relatively average number of clusters, we saw high amounts of shatter, smaller berries, and clusters in Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris.  Without any fruit thinning, the poor flowering conditions produced the lowest ton per acre yield in the history of the vineyard.  A warm but heat-stress free Summer was leading us to what looked like an ideal harvest season.  But that was until an extreme and almost unprecedented (1950 and 1933 were similar but still less intense) Eastern-blowing wind event around Labor Day, which was followed by regional fires and smoke for days.  The smoke inversion blocking out the sunlight was followed by decreased daytime temperatures which seemed to stall ripening for the rest of September. 

The harvest period, with the exception of a few picks for sparkling wine, began in October.  The Pinot Noir lots were perfect for making intense red wines. Low yields with ripe skin tannins and concentrated red and blue fruit flavors. The acids in the Pinot Gris and White Pinot were lower than usual, but the flavors coming from those tiny grapes could not have been more optimal. To our delight, the smoke flavors did not emerge from the wines as they moved from the cellar, towards bottles and French oak barrels (it turns out that proximity to the fire has a lot to do with smoke flavor thankfully for us). The quality of the reds and Chardonnay were indeed exceptional, but we will have to end up bottling less than we would have hoped for the vintage. The Rogue and Walla Walla had similar dry conditions, but our vineyard partners there delivered ultimately ripe grapes with great color and heady fruit flavors.  In general, I think the vintage will be charactered by precious amounts of balanced and intense wines especially for those lucky enough to be far away from the vintage-defining fires of the Southwestern Willamette Valley.