2017 Malbec

2017 Malbec
2017 Malbec
Tasting notes

The exquisite 2017 vintage gave us our first estate grown Malbec. As in previous vintages, our goal with this wine is to produce a supple, fruit-driven style of Malbec that can be enjoyed while relatively young. To that end we blended in a small portion of our estate grown Merlot and Cabernet franc in an effort to soften the Malbec without sacrificing short-term cellaring potential. This wine has Malbec’s typically dense scarlet color and subtle wild jasmine-tinged hints on the nose to go along with the abundant blue and black berry, pencil shaving, cedar, and red licorice aromas. There is a cascade on the palate as flavors of ripe black cherry, dark plum, and grilled blood orange fruit unfold from the sip through the mid-palate. On the finish find ripe berry, roasted coffee, caramel, wet pine needle, and black pepper as the wine’s acidity lifts to a plush end. This robust young wine will age nicely in the near term (through 2021) with another two to five years of enjoyment following. Think duck breast in black truffle cream with tarragon, rosemary, and grilled pears.

Production notes

Aging: 17 months in 13% new, 57% 2-year-old French oak

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 that continued until mid-July, when Mother Nature reminded us of her fickleness. August turned out to be one of the coolest in the last twenty years, allowing 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 on September 8, a week later than anticipated. 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 final fruit came in on November 2 with superb ripeness in exquisite condition.

Varietal Composition81% Malbec, 19% co-fermented Cabernet Franc & Merlot
AppellationRogue Valley
Alcohol13.30%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/07/2018
Cases Produced398

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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