2017 Chardonnay

2017 Chardonnay
2017 Chardonnay
Tasting notes

For 2017 we had such vibrant, juicy, fruit-forward Chardonnay that we decided to ferment a substantial portion in stainless steel with minimal intervention. We whole cluster pressed the fruit, settled the juice briefly, and transferred it to tank where it was left alone to ferment. The result? A transparent display of pure red delicious apple, lemon rind, cream-dipped peach, and apricot preserve aromas and flavors. We think this wine will be at its best from now through 2020 and love it paired with baked halibut drizzled in white truffle oil with stone ground cheddar grits.

Production notes

6 months sur lies in 15% 2-year old French oak, 85% in 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.

Varietal Composition100% Chardonnay
AppellationRogue Valley
Harvest Date09/08/2017
Alcohol13.30%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/15/2018
Cases Produced156

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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