2016 Pinot Noir

2016 Pinot Noir
2016 Pinot Noir
Tasting notes

For our 2016 Pinot noir, we selected two vineyard sites in addition to our estate vineyard, allowing us greater latitude in creating this wine. A thoroughly genuine representation of Rogue Valley Pinot noir, this wine presents a vivid garnet color in the glass. Aromas of Bing cherry, cola, and raspberry fruit are the primary markers, but hints of sandalwood and crushed rosemary leaves complement the fruit. Textural purity—a priority for all our wines—brings forth ripe red berry fruit flavors along with bread dough and toasted graham crumbs. We just love this wine with the moderately rustic fare of hot-smoked salmon crostini with toasted fennel, caraway seeds, and espresso-dusted white cheddar. Enjoy 2018–2021.

Production notes

Aging: 11 months in 35% new and 25% 2-year-old French oak

Other notes

The 2016 vintage was notable for 2Hawk as our first harvest from our major vineyard expansion project in 2014. Like in 2015, spring arrived early, but it was 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 amount of fruit. We finished picking our mature vines just before the October rains settled in.

Varietal Composition100% Pinot Noir
AppellationRogue Valley
Harvest Date09/05/2016
Alcohol14.10%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/15/2017
Cases Produced198

Beverage Testing Institute: 89 points, Silver medal

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