2017
Hawk Hill

Chardonnay
Description

The Hawk Hill Vineyard is situated in the far southwest corner of the Russian River Valley at an old stage coach stop. The vineyard hangs onto a steep south-facing hillside, bathed by regular fog cycles and coastal wind. Grapevines struggle to ripen their fruit at such a cool site, but meticulous viticulture practices and patience are rewarded with an opulent range of flavors and impressive complexity from the long hang time. Minerality and acidity are preserved in this climate, deftly complementing the richness captured from our winemaking.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

The 2017 Hawk Hill Chardonnay opens with a bouquet of green apple, white peach, and honeysuckle aromas. 

Palate: 

On the palate, this medium-bodied Chardonnay showcases rich flavors of nectarine, lemon zest, and wet stone with an underlying touch of salinity. This luscious well-balanced chardonnay has a well-rounded mid-palate with a long lingering finish.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

We select clone 5 grapes from Hawk Hill that are hand-picked, sorted, whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented with native yeast. The wine is aged in French oak barrels, 20% new, for 11 months and undergoes 100% Malolactic fermentation before being bottled unfiltered.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Green Valley of the Russian River Valley
  • Alcohol: 15%
  • pH: 3.36
  • Titratable Acidity: 6.2​ g/L
  • Aging: 
    • 100% French oak, 20% new
    •  11 Months in Barrel
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Rich Seafood Dishes
Cheese & Nuts:
light cheeses
SKU:
DCHH173
$52