2015 Darow Series Tempranillo

2015 Darow Series Tempranillo
2015 Darow Series Tempranillo
Tasting notes

We designate estate-grown wines of special distinction as “Darow Series” after our vineyard’s most prevalent soil type. The 2015 vintage represents our first Darow Series Tempranillo. This wine is sourced exclusively from our estate’s oldest vineyard block and exhibits outstanding Tempranillo varietal character. Notes of blackberry crumble, dried oregano, cherry liqueur, and new saddle leather begin the tasting experience followed by black plum, mission fig, Chambord, and forest floor flavors on the attack. Despite the wine’s substantial tannin structure it maintains a medium-full bodied presence on the palate with the length and weight to suggest mid-term cellaring potential. We suggest letting this wine rest in a cool cellar until 2020 and enjoying from then until 2025 or give it a few hours in a decanter before pairing with smoked brisket, charred green onions, and whole grain mustard on wilted spinach.

Production notes

Aging: 29 months, 40% new, 40% 2-year old French oak

Other notes

2015 was another in a string of spectacular vintages. Our nighttime temperatures were slightly above normal, which blessed us with an early, warm spring, a nearly ideal bloom period, an above-average fruit set, and a beautiful ripening period for the fruit. We were concerned about the lack of water with our ongoing drought conditions, but diligent attention in the vineyard and perfectly timed canopy management techniques allowed us to ripen our fruit without any detrimental water stress affecting the vines. We began harvest a full three weeks earlier than normal with exquisite ripeness and intense aromatic and flavor profiles.

Varietal Composition100% Tempranillo
AppellationRogue Valley
Harvest Date10/02/2015
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/16/2018
Cases Produced160

Wine Enthusiast Magazine: 92 points, Editor's Choice

San Francisco International Wine Competition 2018: Gold Medal, 90 points

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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