2Hawk Viognier 2018
2Hawk Viognier 2018
Wine Enthusiast: 90 points
Joseph V. Micallef, Contributor, Forbes: 9/10 points
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition: Gold Medal
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, about 20 million years ago, our bedrocks began a long erosion process that resulted in the predominantly volcanic soils we find in our estate vineyard, which are unique 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.
The 2018 vintage proved once again what a natural site-climate-variety match our Rogue Valley vineyard site is to Viognier. The Indian Summer ripened the fruit to perfection, which made our job of turning the exceptionally uniform berries into wine both satisfying and pressure packed. When fully ripe Viognier reminds us of lemon-infused honey and we successfully delivered those aromatics and flavors to the bottle. The complexities of crushed pineapple, yellow peach, apricot pit, and orange blossom begin to show with air. This wine carries wonderfully balanced acidity with tension on the palate despite its weight and concentration, which will allow it to develop additional bottle bouquet over the next 2-4 years. Think about pairing this with a wood-fired pizza topped with grilled heirloom tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, and Auvergne blue cheese.
Aging: 6 months sur lies in 100% stainless steel
2018 was a textbook Rogue Valley Indian Summer vintage. The growing season saw a cool start into late Spring, but just as the vines began to bloom the weather turned slightly warmer, which resulted in even and above-average fruit set. Overall the summer was very similar to previous years, but notably free of heat spikes, which can cause uneven ripening. Summer went out with cooler than normal temperatures and we enjoyed beautiful and exceptionally dry ripening weather in September and October with 40-50 degree diurnal swings nearly every day. As the fruit reached complete physiological maturity while basking in the warmth of late season sun we began harvesting “The Winemaker’s Dream”; grapes that were absolutely bursting with ripe fruit flavors, beautiful natural acidity, and round, plump tannins. Our last fruit came in on November 9.
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