2016 Tempranillo

2016 Tempranillo
2016 Tempranillo
Tasting notes

Our 2016 Tempranillo is comprised of fruit from our 2014 planting. The fact that we achieved such remarkable ripeness and balance in these juvenile vines is a testament to our sustainable management practices. This wine is our only wine that sees American oak and the effect is immediately noticeable. The fruit aromas of ripe red plum and dark berry are enveloped by toasted coconut, vanilla, and roasted coffee bean complexities. On the palate there is no doubt this is Rogue Valley Tempranillo as intense flavors of kirsch and raspberry liqueur unfold with perfectly balanced acidity and impressively detailed tannic structure build to a lengthy, expansive finish. This will need cellar time to tame the tannins, so give this a 3-5 year aging window and another 2-4 years of plateau for prime enjoyment. This Tempranillo leans toward a more rustic personality so we suggest lamb kabobs with summer squash, sweet onion, and red peppers drizzled with rosemary-preserved lemon vinaigrette.

Production notes

Aging: 22 months in 40% new and 40% 2-year-old American oak

Other notes

The 2016 vintage was notable for 2Hawk as our first harvest from our major vineyard expansion project in 2014. Like in 2015, spring arrived early, but it was cool and dry. The weather during flowering limited the crop load naturally so very little fruit thinning was required. Summer was typically warm and absent the normal early showers, so the vineyard required extra attention to ensure we had no detrimental water stress. Fortunately, summer gave way to a beautiful and temperate early fall season for the final ripening phase. Harvest was definitely early given the age of the vineyard and amount of fruit. We finished picking our mature vines just before the October rains settled in.

Varietal Composition85% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet franc, 5% Merlot
AppellationRogue Valley
Harvest Date09/02/2016
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/07/2018
Cases Produced131

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