2Hawk Tempranillo 2017
2Hawks Tempranillo 2017
SavorNW Wine Awards: Silver Medal
Although part of the Rogue Valley, the 2Hawk Estate Vineyard lies in the area known locally as the Bear Creek sub-basin, which is the Rogue’s largest tributary. Beneath our vineyard soils lies a two-layered bedrock consisting of a volcanic layer, known as the Roxy Formation, and a deeper, softer layer of alluvial sandstone known as The Payne Cliffs Formation. As the Klamath Mountains began to uplift roughly 20 million years ago our bedrocks began a long erosion process that resulted in the predominately volcanic soils we find in our estate vineyard, which are unique to the Rogue Valley AVA. 2Hawk is also distinguished by a large amount of cobbled river rock, especially in our eastern section, and a somewhat sandy streak of significantly younger colluvial deposit that runs through the center of our site. Overall, we have some of the oldest soils in the valley. They are generally characterized as relatively shallow silty- to clayey-loams that are moderately well drained with moderate to rapid runoff.
Planted to the Tinta de Toro clone, our Block 2 of Tempranillo once again delivered exceptionally ripe and naturally balanced fruit in 2017. We continue to be impressed by this block of young vines and its ability to develop a fully ripe and mature fruit profile at modest sugar levels while retaining natural acidity. This wine shows the vintage’s elegant and refined personality while still providing the fullness of aroma, flavor, and body Rogue Valley Tempranillo is known for. Ripe black cherry, black plum skin, and blueberry fruit drive the aromas with vanilla bean and cinnamon hints. Deep flavors of fruit compote, blackberry, and plum are framed by toasted oak, olive tapenade, and savory spice on the finish. There is no doubt this wine will benefit from short- to medium-length aging and blossom from 2022–2027. We love this wine with wild game, so consider elk tenderloin and pecorino braciole in stewed tomatoes with wild mushrooms and prosciutto.
Aging: 21 months in 25% new, 15% 2-year-old, 60% neutral American oak
2017 was a lesson in patience coming off record snowfall. What started as a normal, relatively cool spring ended on a warm trend that continued until mid-July, when Mother Nature reminded us of her fickleness. August turned out to be one of the coolest in the last twenty years, allowing our fruit to ripen slowly and evenly. Fall continued the cool trend, and—thanks to our perfectly balanced crop load and expert water stress management— we began harvest on September 8, a week later than anticipated. As harvest progressed in unseasonably cool conditions, we became so excited by the flavor development we tasted in the vineyard that we delayed harvest of many blocks until the last possible minute. Our final fruit came in on November 2 with superb ripeness in exquisite condition. Harvest was definitely early given the age of the vineyard and amount of fruit. We finished picking our mature vines just before the October rains settled in.
|Varietal Composition||77% Tempranillo, 13.5% Merlot, 9.5% Cabernet Franc|