2017 Viognier

2017 Viognier
2017 Viognier

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Tasting notes

Our 2017 Viognier gave a whole new definition to beautiful fruit upon harvest. The uniformity of berries and clusters was like nothing we’ve ever seen before. The wine’s combination of honeycrisp apple, pear skin, pineapple, and mango aromas and flavors is spellbinding when the hints of honeysuckle blossom and orange rose petal emerge. The palate gushes with ripe mango and pineapple fruit balanced with crisp minerality and the subtle weight that comes from very ripe fruit. This has the intensity and concentration to age gracefully in the near term. Enjoy now through 2021 with a wide variety of foods, but we think seared tuna with soy, ginger, and garlic drizzled with a light lemon-balsamic glaze is ideal.

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.

Varietal Composition100% Viognier
AppellationRogue Valley
Harvest Date09/14/2017
Alcohol13.80%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/15/2018
Cases Produced161

Wine Enthusiast Magazine: 91 points, Editor's Choice

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, about 20 million years ago, our bedrocks began a long erosion process that resulted in the predominatley volcanic soils we find in our estate vineyard, which are unique 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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