The 2Hawk Vineyard and Winery, located in the Bear Creek sub-basin of the Rogue River, is small but growing fast. In this article, we review some of their latest releases. With new vineyard plantings in an up and coming wine region, a new winery, and a full time, skilled winemaker the future looks very bright for 2Hawk.
2Hawk was purchased by Jen and Ross Allen from the founders, Rich and Nisha Jackson, in 2014. Ross is a California almond and pistachio farmer who now applies his meticulous farming to his Rogue Valley vineyard. Ross also serves as President of the newly formed Rogue Valley Vintners Association (www.rvvwine.com).
Since purchasing the property, they’ve expanded the vineyard’s plantings from 15 to 26 acres and built a new winery, which allowed 2Hawk to move pressing and winemaking operations in house. With the expanded plantings, all the wine is from estate grown grapes.
The winemaker is UC Davis grad Kiley Evans who previously made wine at Raffaldini Vineyard and Cellars in North Carolina and Ledger David Cellars in Oregon. [For those who don’t know it, Raffaldini is one of the premier wineries on the East Coast—see our recent report The Wines of North Carolina.]
Total production is 3500 cases with the capacity for 10 thousand cases.
2Hawk 2017 Chardonnay Darow Series Rogue Valley ($46) 89 Appealing aromas of yellow apple and citrus with a hint of nuts show on the nose and are mirrored in a more subdued form on the palate. With a softly textured attack, this is an easygoing Chardonnay with medium weight fruit accented by lingering smoky nuances. 100% Chardonnay from the estate vineyard fermented with ambient yeast and matured 11 months in 50% new French oak with regular battonage.
2Hawk 2017 Viognier Darow Series Rogue Valley ($46) 91 Medium deep ruby. A bouquet of dark plum and huckleberry with cooking spice nuances. Engaging on the attack with luscious red and dark red fruit that persists on a full flavored palate with a distinctly mouthfilling quality. Finishes with very good length and tannins on the dry side. 100% Viognier (Clone FPS01) from Block 1 of the estate vineyard, fermented with ambient yeast and matured 11 months sur lie with battonage in 50% new French oak.
2Hawk 2017 Malbec Darow Series Rogue Valley ($49) 91 Medium deep ruby. A bouquet of dark plum and huckleberry with cooking spice nuances. Engaging on the attack with luscious red and dark red fruit that persists on a full flavored palate with a distinctly mouthfilling quality. Finishes with very good length and dry tannins that would benefit from additional cellar time. Sourced from Block 6 of the estate vineyard; 79% Malbec (Clone FPS09) and 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented with ambient yeast and aged 20 months in 50% new French oak. Alc 13.9%
2Hawk 2016 Tempranillo Darow Series Rogue Valley ($49) 90 Bright saturated ruby. Lively nose redolent of fresh dark red cherry, plum, and pomegranate. Full in the mouth with fresh dark red fruit complemented by sandalwood and underbrush nuances. Finishes with lingering, rich notes of dark cherry and firm, dry tannins. Give this wine some additional time in the cellar. A blend of 89% Tempranillo, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Cabernet Franc fermented with ambient yeast and aged 22 months in 50% new oak. Alc 13.9%