Luscious, layered and rich in butterscotch, toast and nutmeg, this vineyard designate is influenced by its cool-climate provenance in lasting acidity and a twist of mineral, which helps to balance the bolder flavors of mango and baked pear
Hawk Hill Vineyard Chardonnay Reviews
The 2017 Chardonnay Hawk Hill comes from the Green Valley region in the Russian River and was fermented and aged 10 months in 37% new French oak. It's a richer, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay with lots of caramelized orchard fruits, toasty oak, brioche, and white flower aromas and flavors. With good acidity, plenty of oomph, and a clean finish, it's a terrific, outstanding Chardonnay from this estate that's well worth seeking out. I wouldn't push the aging curve, but it should keep nicely for 3-5 years.
Reduced in matchstick aromas that compel and blow off, this is a wellintegrated white from a great site, the fruit and oak combining to great effect. Big flavors of anise and pear build around a concentration of full-bodied lushness and lasting texture.
The 2015 Chardonnay Hawk Hill Vineyard is youthfully mute to begin, opening out to notes of fresh grapefruit, white peaches and lime leaves with wafts of orange blossom and lanolin. Medium to full-bodied and tightly knit, it gives expressive stone fruit flavors and floral accents with a satiny texture and long, refreshing finish.
The 2014 Chardonnay Hawk Hill Vineyard has a tropical fruit nose of guava and pineapple with suggestions of cedar, brioche, butterscotch and praline. Full-bodied, rich and seductively creamy in the mouth, it offers mouth-filling tropical and savory flavors with a lively backbone and great length.
From a cold, foggy hillside vineyard in the southwestern corner of the Russian River Valley, this seems a bit burly at first, its vintage-driven warmth and oak spice meeting crunchy minerality. Then, bright acidity pushes its hearty yellow pear and butternut squash flavors toward a salty, marine briskness. It’s intense, substantial, fresh chardonnay; you could decant it now or age it a few years before pouring it with sweet, earthy miso-glazed black cod.
From a hillside spot pummeled by coastal influences, this lovely, light wine opens with a confectionary nose of meringue. Lemony acidity provides a lift of bright, focused tension balanced in concentrated stone fruit and spice with a strong oak backbone.
A tremendous singlevineyard wine from a highly sought-after site, this white sings in great salty aromatics, almost as if it has captured wisps of fog from the nearby Pacific. Expansive on the palate, full bodied and completely balanced, it teases in caramel, finishing lithe and bright. —V.B.