2016 Darow Series Pinot Noir

2016 Darow Series Pinot Noir
2016 Darow Series Pinot Noir
Tasting notes

The 2016 Darow Series Pinot noir is our first estate-bottled red. We designate estate-grown wines of special distinction as “Darow Series” after our vineyard’s most prevalent soil type. These wines represent our finest winegrowing efforts of the vintage. This wine is a dense brick red color and features dazzling aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, cedar, and wet slate. While quite powerful there is an elegant edge to the palate where the stylish personality comes to the fore. We advise aeration to maximize this wine’s aromatic and flavor potential, or cellaring until 2020 and enjoying through 2023. Try this with bold cuisine like pancetta-wrapped roasted goose breast with a fennel-chevre gratin.

Other notes

The 2016 vintage was notable for 2Hawk as our first harvest from our major vineyard expansion project in 2014. Spring was early, like 2015, but cool and dry. The weather during flowering limited the crop load naturally so very little fruit thinning was required. Summer was typically warm and absent the normal early showers so the vineyard required extra attention to ensure we had no detrimental water stress. Fortunately, summer gave way to a beautiful, and temperate, early fall season for the final ripening phase. Harvest was definitely early given the age of the vineyard and the amount of fruit and we finished picking our mature vines just before the October rains settled in.

Varietal Composition100% Pinot Noir
AppellationRogue Valley
Alcohol14.10%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced105

Beverage Testing Institute / Tastings.com: 93 points – Cellar Selection – Exceptional – Gold Medal - “Dark ruby color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of maraschino cherry liqueur, cinnamon, cider, and whiskey barrel with a velvety, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length chocolate mole, dill, and ginger finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. An interesting super-fruity Pinot noir that will work great at the table.”

Wine Enthusiast Magazine: 89 points

Oregon Wine Awards 2018: Double Gold

San Francisco International Wine Competition 2018: Gold Medal, 91 points

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2018: Gold Medal

Northwest Wine Summit 2018: Gold Medal

Cascadia Wine Competition 2018: Gold Medal

SavorNW Wine Awards 2018: Gold Medal

Harvest Challenge 2017: Gold 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.

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