2016 Darow Series Viognier

2016 Darow Series Viognier
2016 Darow Series Viognier

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Tasting notes

We designate estate-grown wines of special distinction as “Darow Series” after our vineyard’s most prevalent soil type. Unlike many Viogniers this wine was fermented and aged in French oak for an extended period like the benchmark wines from the northern Rhone commune of Condrieu. The nose explodes with caramel, lemon curd, baking spices, and ripe yellow peach aromas. Thick and luscious on the palate, flavors of apple pie filling, clover honey, yellow dates, and golden figs float seamlessly while riding a wave of perfectly balanced acidity. The finish is long and satisfying and promises developing complexity if the wine is allowed to age over the next 3-6 years. This wine is surprisingly versatile, but we love pan roasted scallops in a bacon and white wine butter sauce.

Production notes

Aging: 12 months in 50% new, 50% 1-year old French oak, 6 months in 100% stainless steel

Varietal Composition100% Viognier
AppellationRogue Valley
Harvest Date09/22/2016
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/15/2018
Cases Produced49

Wine Enthusiast Magazine: 92 points

Beverage Testing Institute / Tastings.com: 90 points, Gold Medal

Global Wine Awards 2018: Double Gold Medal

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

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2019: Silver Medal

Although part of the Rogue Valley AVA, the 2Hawk Estate Vineyard lies in an area known locally as the Bear Creek sub-basin. The two-layered bedrock beneath our soils consists of a shallow volcanic layer, the Roxy Formation, and a deeper, softer layer of alluvial sandstone, The Payne Cliffs Formation. The Klamath Mountains uplifting event, roughly 20 million years ago, began a long erosion process that resulted in our predominately volcanic soils, which are unique to the Rogue Valley AVA. An area of cobbled river rocks in our eastern section and a sandy streak of considerably younger colluvial deposit running through the center of our vineyard site distinguish 2Hawk from neighboring vineyards. Overall, we have some of the oldest soils in the valley and they are characterized as shallow silty- to clayey-loams that are moderately well drained with moderate to rapid runoff.

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