About The Wine: This 2004 Merlot is from our Estate on West Dry Creek Rd. in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. My ...Read more...
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About The Wine: This 2004 Merlot is from our Estate on West Dry Creek Rd. in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. My winery and vineyard is on the East facing slope of Bradford Mountain. The soil is weak and rocky, producing fruit that is concentrated in flavor and color. We started growing organic in 2002 and don’t use chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. We also blended 8% of our Cabernet into the Merlot to length and depth to the finish. The 2004 vintage really captures the terroir of Bradford Mountain; with complex earthy notes along with plumb, raspberry and floral violet with hints of tobacco and butterscotch.<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><br/><br/> <strong>Varietal Composition:</strong><br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Date:</strong><br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 13.9%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong><br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong><br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong><br/><br/> <strong>Cases Bottled:</strong><br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong><br/><br/>
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