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You wont find this wine anywhere! But you will find the words White Hawk Vineyard on a lot of prestige labels. You se...Read more...
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You wont find this wine anywhere! But you will find the words White Hawk Vineyard on a lot of prestige labels. You see, grapes from this prestigious plot find their way into the cult wines of Sine Qua Non, as well as Herman Story, Calera, Clos Mimi and Piedrasassi, to name a few. The average price of these wines is around $50/bottle.But the folks at White Hawk were well known for their great grapes didnt make an estate wine until they hooked up with Benjamin Silver, a winemaker of familiar visage to our long-term members. Benjamins wines, produced under his eponymous label Silver Wines, earned their way into some of our early club shipments.The WineA unique and inspired blend of Syrah, Sangiovese(!) and Viognier. As attendees discovered during last months blending classes, a trace of Viognier is a magical amplifier for a red wines aromas. This trick of the trade is common in the Northern Rhone, and Benjamin applies it craftily to this blend. This wine has aged amazingly well, appearing much younger in the glass than its vintage date implies. It is currently at its peak, where I believe it will remain for many more months.The VineyardThe terrain of this vineyard, its well-drained sandy soils and its cool, dry climate make White Hawk Vineyard a most unusual site. It is located in Cat Canyon (few know this area is, but its fun to say anyway) near Los Alamos. The sandy vineyard evokes a desert supporting anemic-looking, barely-living vines that would die but for their drip irrigation. Owned by Barry Henley, the 77-acre vineyard was planted in 1997 and is now coming into its prime grape-growing years. Henleys vineyard manager says "We spoon-feed water to the vines and work to keep things in balance. But it's not easy in such an inhospitable environment. We're almost growing these vines hydroponically!"Food PairingsEnjoy with a wide range of fall and winter dishes, particularly those featuring rich, deep flavors. Its soft tannins and rich mouthfeel mix pleasantly with salty dishes as well.
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