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Oregon Wines


Oregon Willamette Valley & Sub AVA Wines

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is located on the 45th parallel a rich line that also travels through Italy’s Piedmont region, the Rhone Valley and Bordeaux in France. The Pinot Noir fruit found in Hawkins Cellars wines benefits from the combination of abundant local rainfall, summertime heat, and steady coastal breezes that flow into Oregon’s Willamette Valley cool evenings preserving the grape’s natural acidity. Hawkins Cellars’ 2015 Pinot Noir vintages are sourced from three different sub-AVAs in the Willamette Valley: Eola-Amity Hills, Yamhill Carlton, and Chehalem Mountain. The celebrated Willamette Valley Pinot Noir grapes can also be found in our Rosé of Pinot Noir sourced  from the Stormy Morning Vineyard in Banks Oregon, located in the north Willamette Valley. Nestled between the Cascade and the coastal Mountain ranges. Banks is situated perfectly to produce a cooler climate Pinot grape with higher acidity, making it the perfect choice for Rosé. The Willamette Valley is also known for producing distinctive Pinot Gris, which is second only to Pinot Noir in production in the Willamette Valley. We source most of our Pinot Gris from Methven Family Vineyards and Calamity Hill Vineyard of the Eola-Amity AVA.

Pinot Gris - Hawkins Cellars

Pinot Gris

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is an area known for producing distinctive Pinot Gris. Blended with 3% Vigonier, our signature Gris has tropical flavors of pineapple and coconut while also possessing sharp citrus notes of key lime.

Tasting Notes

This wine opens with a beautiful, intense aroma and leads to a fleshy, complex bouquet of flavours. Soft and lush, the wine lingers with a slightly waxy finish, leaving ample flavor on the finish and ending with a soft spice.

Technical Notes

Vineyards: Methven Family Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Calamity Hill Vineyards, Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Lonesome Spring Ranch, Yakima Valley AVA (Viognier)

Blend: 97% Pinot Gris, 3% Viognier

Fermentation: Stainless steel

Cases Made: 250

Awards & Reviews

  • 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, Bronze Medal, 2017 Portland Seafood and Wine Festival
  • 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, Silver Medal, 2016 Portland Seafood and Wine Festival
  • 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, Silver Medal, 2016 San Francisco Int’l Wine Competition

Fun Facts

  • Pinot Gris also known as Pinot Grigio is the same grape its just pronounced differently dependent on the region that its grown.
  • Pinot Gris is usually the first varietal harvested each year.

 

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Stormy Morning Rosé - Hawkins Cellars

Stormy Morning Rosé

Stormy Morning Vineyard is located in the northern Willamette Valley, an area known for austere and structured Pinot Noir. The cooler climate produces grapes with higher acidity, making it the perfect choice for Rosé. With just a touch of sweetness and high-toned notes of ripe strawberry that smack of summer.

Tasting Notes

Our Rosé of Pinot Noir comes from Stormy Morning Vineyard in the northern Willamette Valley. The cooler climate produces grapes with higher acidity, making it the perfect choice for Rosé. Enjoy the seductive aromas of ripe strawberry and watermelon. Despite its mildly sweet style, the lush fruit flavors- reminiscent of candied watermelon – gives these Oregon wines a wonderful sweetness without being cloying.

Technical Notes

Vineyards: Stormy Morning Vineyards, Willamette Valley AVA

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

Fermentation: Stainless steel

Cases Made: 175

Awards & Reviews

  • 2016 Stormy Morning Rosé, Bronze Medal, 2017 San Francisco Int’l Wine Competition

Fun Facts

  • Rosé was the first wine produced, about 7000 BC. White & red wines arrived on the scene a few thousand years later.
  • Rosé gets its pink and blush color from its grape skins. To make Rosé wine, the skins will soak in the wine for a short period of time. This allows the skin to bleed some of its color into the wine and in turn  giving it a pink hue.

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Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir - Hawkins Cellars

Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

Our reserve Pinot Noir comes from Methven Family Vineyards in the Eola Amity Hills AVA. Benefiting from steady coastal breezes that flow into Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the fruit is cooled from the afternoon heat, preserving the grape’s natural acidity. The results is a bright fresh wine with deep ruby color and complex flavors.

Tasting Notes

Cozy up to this Pinot Noir from the Eola-Amity Hills AVA and experience a head-on collision between earth and fruit.  Fragrant wafts of ripe strawberry draw you in along with vanilla and a peaty, woody aroma reminiscent of freshly cut bark dust.  The intense tart cherry and strawberry flavors hit the palette, only to be matched by the earthy notes of cedar and tobacco.  The tannins, while robust in their youth, will mellow with age, providing an age-worthy wine for those who can resist its youthful charms.

Technical Notes

Vineyards: Methven Family Vineyards, Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Clones: Wädenswil and Dijon 777

Fermentation: Fruit was hand sorted at the winery. Half of the fruit was destemmed, while the other half was fermented whole cluster.

Cellar: Aged for 12 months in 50% new French Burgundy oak barrels for 18 months.

Cases Made: 160

Awards: Bronze Medal, 2017 San Francisco Int’l Wine Competition. Judge’s Pick, 2017 Sip Northwest Wine Comp

Awards & Reviews

  • 2014 Eola/Amity Hills Pinot Noir, Silver Grand Award of Excellence, 2018 Oregon Wine Awards
  • 2014 Eola/Amity Hills Pinot Noir, Gold Medal, 2018 McMinnville SIP Wine Classic
  • 2014 Eola/Amity Hills Pinot Noir, 86 Points Wine Enthusiast
  • 2014 Eola/Amity Hills Pinot Noir, 87 Points Alan Meadows’ Burghound
  • 2014 Eola/Amity Hills Pinot Noir, Judge’s Pick, 2017 Northwest SIP Wine Comp
  • 2014 Eola/Amity Hills Pinot Noir, Bronze Medal, 2017 San Francisco Int’l Wine Competition
  • 2014 Eola/Amity Hills Pinot Noir, Cellar Select, Oregon Wine Press

Fun Facts

  • Pinot Noir is one of the oldest grapes in the world. Pinot Noir has been recorded in France since the Roman era.
  • Pinot Noir is one of the toughest grapes to grow. Pinot Noir’s thin skin makes them susceptible to pests, disease, and UV radiation. Unlike most varietals it thrives in cool wet climates.

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Enigma Pinot Noir - Hawkins Cellars

Enigma Pinot Noir

This enigmatic blend of four different clones of Pinot Noir is sourced from four different vineyards, taken from four different AVA’s within the Willamette Valley. The resulting flavor is something that can’t be explained-only experienced.

Tasting Notes

With the diversity of clones and vineyard sites in this cuvee, it’s no surprise the many layers of aroma and flavor present in these Oregon wines. With ample complexity and a complementary structure, this wine is ready to drink now until 2023.

Technical Notes

Vineyards: Methven Family Vineyards (Eola Amity Hills AVA), Bayliss Bower Vineyard (Yamhill Carlton AVA), A Blooming Hill Vineyard (Chehalem Mtn AVA), Stormy Morning Vineyard (Willamette Valley AVA)

Clones: Dijon 777, Wadensvil, Pommard, Dijon 667

Fermentation: Fruit was hand sorted at the winery. Half of the fruit was destemmed, while the other half was fermented whole cluster.

Cellar: Aged for 12 months in 50% new French Burgundy oak barrels for 18 months.

Cases Made: 90

Awards & Review

  • 2015 Enigma Pinot Noir, 90 Points Alan Meadows’ Burghound

Fun Facts

  • Pinot Noir is the God Father of grapes and is responsible for the origin of the Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Meunier. The Pinot Noir varietal is prone to recurring mutations that change their characteristics like taste, color and tannins.
  • Our Enigma Pinot Noir was a blend of four different clones: Pommard, Wadensvil, Dijon 667, Dijon 777

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Washington Wines


Washington Columbia Valley & Sub AVA Wines

Hawkins Cellars offers an outstanding selection of award-winning wines from the Columbia Valley AVA: Viognier, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, and Grenache. The majority of the Hawkins Cellars Rhone and Bordeaux vintages use grapes from both Yakima & Red Hill Mountain AVAs. The grapes sourced from Chandler Reach Vineyards, Lonesome Springs Vineyards, Kiona Vineyards, Boushey Vineyards, and Heart of the Hill Vineyards. In contrast to the Willamette Valley’s climate, the Columbia Valley tends to be warmer and drier, making it an ideal area for big, bolder reds. Its continental high desert climate creates long hot summer days that promote slow, even ripening, followed by cool nights that ensure the grapes retain their natural acidity. With an average annual rainfall of just 6 to 8 inches, this area is an ideal location to grow the luscious grapes  for big, bold, fruit-forward wines.

 

Barrel Select Viognier - Hawkins Cellars

 

Barrel Select Viognier

We took our best barrels from a mix of French oak and stainless steel to go into this limited production Viognier. Aromatic yet restrained, this wine has a rich mouth feel while retaining a crispiness that gives it the perfect balance.

Tasting Notes

The fruit for our Viognier comes from Lonesome Spring Ranch just outside the Red Mountain AVA, where long hot days and cool, clear nights create the ideal growing environment. We have selected our best barrels from a mix of French oak and stainless steel to go into this limited production Viognier. Aromatic yet restrained, this wine has a rich mouth feel while retaining a crispness that gives it the perfect balance.

Technical Notes

Vineyards: Lonesome Spring Ranch Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA

Varietal: 100% Viognier

Fermentation: Fruit was hand sorted at the winery. Fermentation took place in a two-ton, open.

Cellar: After fourteen days, grapes were pressed and wine transferred into one year old and neutral French oak barrels. Barrel aged for eighteen months. Cellared in bottle for close to a year.

Cases Made: 215

Awards & Review

  • 2016 Columbia Valley Barrel Select Viognier, Bronze Medal,2018 Newport SeafoodWine Fest
  • 2016 Columbia Valley Barrel Select Viognier, Bronze Medal, 2017 SF Int’l Wine Competition
  • 2016 Columbia Valley Barrel Select Viognier, Judge’s Pick, NW SIP Wine Competition

Fun Facts

  • Viognier’s (Vee- on- yeah) originates from Southern France, in the region of Condrieu. Viognier is the only permitted wine grape grown in Condrieu appellation.
  • Viognier is a one of the most popular white grape varietals used in red wine blends.

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Caldera Red - Hawkins Cellars

 

Caldera Red

This blend of Rhone-style varietals pays homage to the active volcanoes that helped shape the landscape and soils of the Columbia Valley. Compromised of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, and Viognier, the process of co-fermenting the grapes together results in a unique wine that possesses both intense flavor and structure.

Tasting Notes

While this provocative blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, and Viognier has roots in the Rhone, the flavors evoke the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Lush aromas of berry pie, fennel and all spice are reminiscent of stepping into a small town dessert shop. Layers of dark plum and chocolate float effortlessly on the tongue as hints of blackberry dance in the background. Racy tannins and ample acidity suggest a wine that can be enjoyed now, or laid down for five to ten years.

Technical Notes

Vineyards: Heart of the Hill Vineyard (Red Mountain AVA) Lonesome Spring Ranch Vineyard, Benton City, WA (Yakima Valley AVA)

Blend: 40% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 28% Syrah, and 2% Viognier

Fermentation: Fruit was hand sorted at the winery. Fermentation took place in a two-ton, open.

Cellar: After fourteen days, grapes were pressed and wine transferred into one yaer old and neutral French oak barrels. Barrel aged for eighteen months. Cellared in bottle for close to a year.

Cases Made: 215

Awards & Review

  • 2014 Columbia Valley Caldera Red, Bronze Medal, 2018 McMinnville SIP Wine Classic
  • 2014 Columbia Valley Caldera Red, Judge’s Pick, 2017 Northwest SIP Comp

Fun Facts

  • GSM is most commonly known as a Côtes du Rhône blend. The three most commonly used grapes are Grencahe, Mourvedre, & Syrah.
  • This blend of Rhone-style varietals come from the Côtes du Rhône appellation in the Rhone Valley. The Côtes du Rhône appellation is the oldest and second largest appellation in France.

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Boushey Syrah - Hawkins Cellars

Boushey Syrah

The Grapes for this limited production Syrah were sourced from Boushey Vineyards in Washington’s Yakima Valley. We co-fermented our Syrah with a small percentage of Viognier, a process that gives the wine wonderful aromatics and bright fruit flavors of black cherry and ripe blueberry.

Tasting Notes

This wine is an exceptional expression of not only the terroir, but also the vintage. Opening with traditional savory aromas of Syrah, the palate is young and lively, offering a beautiful structure for aging. Aromas and flavors of a warmer, riper vintage, the balanced acidity and delicate, but youthful, tannin structure is evidence of the high elevation and dramatic diurnal swings of this great vineyard site. Drink now with bleu cheese, smoked meats or grilled steaks, or cellar for many years to come for improved tannin texture and multiple new layers of flavor to reveal themselves.

Technical Notes

Vineyards: Boushey Vineyards (Yakima Valley AVA)

Blend: 90% Syrah, 8% Viognier

Fermentation: Whole cluster co-fermentation with Viognier, in the style of Cote-Rotie in the northern Rhone. This lends itself to aromatics and also structure.

Cellar: After fourteen days, grapes were pressed and wine transferred into one yaer old and neutral French oak barrels. Barrel aged for eighteen months. Cellared in bottle for close to a year.

Cases Made: 75

Awards & Review

  • 2015 Boushey Syrah, Best in Class Double Gold Grand Award of Excellence, 2018 Oregon Wine Awards
  • 2015 Boushey Syrah, Gold Medal 2018 Newport Seafood & Wine Festival

Fun Facts

  • Syrah also known as Shiraz is known for its thick skin and dark bold color. Syrah is one of the darkest wines.
  • The Boushey Syrah went through a co-fermentaion similar to what the French use in the Cote Rotie appellation. This style consists of co-fermenting Viognier & Syrah at the same time, up to 20% Viognier is blended.

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Reserve Syrah - Hawkins Cellars

Reserve Syrah

The Grapes for our Syrah are sourced from Chandler Reach Vineyards in Washington’s Yakima Valley. Long hot summer days and cool nights result in radical temperature swings, producing grapes with rare combination of sugarand acidity. Eighteen months of barrel aging assures that our Syrah has complexity and a long, smooth finish.

Tasting Notes

The theme of this wine is richness. Generous with aroma and velvety tannin, this wine improves for a full 24 hours after pulling the cork, proving it to be a great wine for the cellar. Drink now for a full, but rounded tannin experience or cellar for delicate layers of black fruit to come center-stage.

Technical Notes

Vineyards: Chandler Reach Vineyards (Yakima Valley AVA)

Varietal: 100% Syrah

Fermentation: Fruit was hand sorted at the winery. Fermentation took place in two-ton, open-top stainless steel fermenters for a very gentle maceration with once daily punchdown and once daily pump over. 50% of the fruit was fermented whole cluster.

Cellar: After fourteen days, grapes were pressed and wine transferred into 25% new french and American oak, 75% 2-3 year French barrels. Barrel aged for eighteen months.

Cases Made: 125

Awards & Review

  • 2014 Columbia Valley Reserve Syrah, Gold Medal 2017 Newport Seafood & Wine Festival
  • 2014 Columbia Valley Reserve Syrah, Silver Medal 2017 Portland Seafood & Wine Festival
  • 2014 Columbia Valley Reserve Syrah, Bronze Medal 2017 Astoria Seafood & Wine Festival

Fun Facts

  • Syrah does well in harsh conditions. Unlike most varietals Syrah thrives in adverse weather and produces a steady yield regardless of conditions.
  • Syrah is an international vine. This grape thrives all around the world including France, Italy Spain, California, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, and of coarse Washington.

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Cabernet Sauvignon - Hawkins Cellars

Cabernet Sauvignon

The fruit for our Cabernet comes from two vineyards in Washington’s Columbia Valley, where radical temperatures swings produce a rare combination of sugar and acidity. Aged eighteen months in barrel, the result is a bold wine that is both approachable and complex. Enjoy while young, or for those who can resist its charms, additional secrets will be revealed for years to come.

Tasting Notes

 Our grapes are sourced from two vineyards in and around the Red Mountain AVA, an area famous for producing robust Cabs. Close your eyes and let the enticing aromas of black currant, violets, and cedar transport you to a café on the banks of the Garonne River. With predominate flavors of black cherry and bell pepper, this Cabernet is firmly rooted in Bordeaux.  The smooth and round mouth feel are contrasted with racy acidity, and a slightly tannic finish that grabs your attention and exclaims, “This wine will not go quietly into the night!”

Technical Notes

Vineyards: Kiona Vineyards (Red Mtn AVA, WA) & Chandler Reach Vineyards (Yakima Valley AVA, WA)

Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Fermentation: Fruit was hand sorted at the winery. Fermentation took place in two-ton, open-top stainless steel fermenters for a very gentle maceration with once daily punchdown and once daily pump over.

Cellar: After fourteen days, grapes were pressed and wine transferred into 25% new french and American oak, 35% one year old French oak, and 35% neutral French oak barrels. Barrel aged for eighteen months. A majority of the barrels are free run.

Cases Made: 135

Awards & Review

  • 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Bronze Medal, 2018 McMinnville SIP Wine Classic
  • 2014 CV Cabernet Sauvignon, 88 Points in Wine Enthusiast

Fun Facts

  • Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted grape in the world (720,000 acres).
  • Cabernet Sauvignon is the child of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Grenache - Hawkins Cellars

Grenache

Sourced from Lonesome Spring Ranch Vineyards in Washington’s Yakima Valley, we took the best barrel and bottled it as our first single varietal. The splashy label is a mash up of graphic styles, encompassing everything you expect of our wine club; something fun, different, and inspired.

Tasting Notes

This single varietal beauty has aromas and flavors reminiscent of winter.  At first swirl you will get aromas of blackberry, dark currant and spice.  On the pallet you will get subtle fruit flavors followed by more earthy flavors such as pepper, hints of baking spices and a nice dry finish. Although young in age this Grenache has high acidity to age in the cellar for years.

Technical Notes

Vineyards: Lonesome Spring Ranch Vineyards (Yakima Valley AVA, WA)

Varietal: 100% Grenache

Fermentation: Fruit was hand sorted at the winery. After four days of cold soaking, fermentation took place in a two-ton, open top stainless steel fermenters with twice daily pump overs.

Cellar: After fourteen days, grapes were pressed and wine transferred into neutral French oak barrels. Barrel aged for eighteen months with minimal racking

Cases Made: 30

Fun Facts

  • Grenache is one of the most popular red wine grapes worldwide and is usually the core varietal used in all Rhone style blends.
  • Grencahe is one of the most commonly used grape used to make dry European style Rosé.

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Mourvedre - Hawkins Cellars

Mourvedre

Sourced from Heart of the Hill Vineyards in Washington’s Red Mountain AVA, we took the best barrel and bottled it as our first single varietal. The splashy label is a mash up of graphic styles, encompassing everything you expect of our wine club; something fun, different, and inspired.

Tasting Notes

These Washington wines are slightly more savory and earthy compared to a typical GSM, though the fruit components are still very red and bright. Very consistent from start to finish, this wine delievers exactly what you expect for the aroma and lingers with some spice and tartness that begs for.

Technical Notes

Vineyards: Heart of the Hill Vineyards (Red Mountain AVA, WA)

Varietal: 100% Mourvedre

Fermentation: Fruit was hand sorted at the winery. After four days of cold soaking, fermentation took place in a two-ton, open top stainless steel fermenters with twice daily pump overs.

Cellar: After fourteen days, grapes were pressed and wine transferred into neutral French oak barrels. Barrel aged for eighteen months with minimal racking

Cases Made: 50

Fun Facts

  • Mourvdere is a perfect grape for hot regions, the grapes thick skin allows them to ripen later in the season.
  • Mourvedre is commonly used to make fortified dessert wines called “vin doux naturel”. Rasteau, Maury, and Banyuls

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