About The Wine: This mountain grown Cabernet is deep in color with intense fruit flavors reminiscent of black che...Read more...
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About The Wine: This mountain grown Cabernet is deep in color with intense fruit flavors reminiscent of black cherries, currants, and black berries. On the palate it is rich and opulent, bursting with fruit, backed by toasty vanilla oak notes and round, chewy tannins. Though enjoyable now, this wine has the structure and intensity to improve with aging over the next 10 to 15 years.<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyards:</strong> This wine is made from fruit grown on both sides of Dry Creek Valley. Hawley Vineyard (58%) on Bradford Mountain is always high in acidity and tannin structure due to the hot afternoon sun disappearing behind the mountain. Shubert Vineyard (42%) gets baked by the late afternoon sun which tends to soften the tannins and lower the acidity. The blend of the two results in a balanced wine. Both vineyards utilize vertical trellis systems and crop thin to insure quality and flavor development. Brix at harvest 25<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaking:</strong> The grapes were crushed and cold soaked for seven days to maximize skin extraction. Wild yeasts started the fermentation and a small inoculum of commercial yeast was added to insure the wine fermented to dryness. After fermentation the two Cabernet lots were blended and transferred to French chateau barrels for 18 months. The merlot was blended prior to bottling. Extensive oak aging has added vanilla, spice and smoky flavors. Barrel to barrel racking every three months has clarified the wine and softened the tannins.<br/><br/> About The Winery: With over 25 years of experience, including ten as founding winemaker at Clos du Bois and six as chief winemaker for Kendall-Jackson, John Hawley demonstrates a level of expertise that is hard to match in the industry. Paul and Austin Hawley (John's sons) are apprentice winemakers and bring their own talents to the winery.<br/><br/> At Hawley Winery we combine modern practices with traditional winemaking. Our philosophy is simple: Do whatever it takes to make the best wine from the best hillside vineyards... Even if it means toiling over a 120 year old manual basket press.<br/><br/> Hawley Winery and Vineyards is located near Healdsburg, overlooking the Dry Creek Valley. John Hawley started the winery in 1996, after 20 years of winemaking at some of Californias most influential wineries. Today, John and his two sons, Paul and Austin Hawley, produce unique wines from their certified organic vineyards and select Sonoma County grapes.<br/><br/> We craft nine different wines at Hawley Winery, although more than half of them are less than 500 cases. Producing only 3,000 cases annually, we enjoy the freedom of our small family winery to make a variety of wines and styles. Making wines in small lots from select vineyards allows us to capture the character of a vineyard and a vintage, the terroir. We enjoy crafting small lots of unique wines that express our Sonoma County vineyards.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Appellation:</strong> Dry Creek Valley<br/><br/> <strong>Varietal Composition:</strong> 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Dates:</strong> Sept. 6, 2004<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 13.9%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.45<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> .62<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> July 10, 2006<br/><br/> <strong>Cases Bottled:</strong> 473<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> Jan 1, 2007<br/><br/>
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