2017 Hawk's Roost Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
Planted to UCD 23 clone from a selection imported from Wadenswil, Switzerland in 1966 (also known as the Mariafeld clone) with an east-west planting orientation that is uncharacteristic for this region results in wines that are big, muscular, and evenly ripened. Chuck and Gayle Jones, who own this property, live on site along with ducks that control the weeds and insects and a friendly pack of Labrador Retrievers.
The thick-structured UCD 23 clone is typically a blending clone but the combination of this planting and the vineyard terroir makes this an exceptional standalone bottling. The dark, brooding color sets the wine's intention - it is not shy. The floral nose includes violets and then moves to flavors of dark fruit include blueberry, blackberry, and dried Damson plum. There's a touch of briar that we find appealing. The firm structure will bode well for several years of bottle aging through 2024-2026. Fairly big in feel, it is a nice companion to heartier fall/winter fare and can be enjoyed with lamb lollipops, steak with a blue cheese melt, or cream of mushroom soup.
93 points, Wine Advocate
100% Pinot Noir | Clone: UCD 23
Harvest Pick: September 7, 2017
Aging: 11 months in air-dried 3-year old French oak, 25% new
Alc: 13.8% | 223 cases produced