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2Hawk Vineyard & Winery 2016 Darow Series Pinot Noir, Rogue Valley, $42
Darow is a reference to a hillslope soil type identified in Southern Oregon’s Jackson County, and this collection of clone 115 and 777 Pinot Noir reflects one of the earliest picks of the Burgundy variety in the Pacific Northwest, a harvest of Sept. 2. It also represents the first harvest from the Allen family’s large vineyard expansion in 2014, as well as its first estate-bottled red wine. Alluring aromas of dusty black cherry, strawberry, dried cranberry and toast lead to a mouth-filling drink of Bing cherry, plum skin tannins and lasting blend of raspberry and red currant. Suggested pairings include pancetta-wrapped roasted goose breast with a fennel-chevre gratin, and it earned a gold medal at the 2018 Cascadia International Wine Competition.
Production: 105 cases