2017 Muscat

2017 Muscat
2017 Muscat
Tasting notes

Muscat is the source of a lot of fun for us in the winery. It fills the winery with blooming flower perfume during fermentation and bottling much as those same aromas waft from the glass upon pouring. White peach, apricot, crushed pineapple, and key lime peel subtleties add complexity. There is a noticeable sweetness on the palate that balances the wine’s natural acidity very nicely. While playful and full of life, this wine has a serious side when it comes to food pairings. We really enjoy this with pan-sauteed Grouper and a bowl of wide rice noodles in spicy green curry broth.

Production notes

Aging: 6 months sur lies in 100% stainless steel

Other notes

2017 was a lesson in patience coming off record snowfall. What started as a normal, relatively cool spring ended on a warm trend and that trend continued until mid July when Mother Nature reminded us of her fickleness. August turned out to be one of the coolest in the last 20 years, which allowed 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 a week later than anticipated on September 8. 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 last fruit came in on November 2 with superb ripeness in exquisite condition.

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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