Sonoma County Adventures – Day Two


Ah . .the adventure continues.  We’re a bit further down the road. . .but still in Oregon.  We just had to stop and visit with one of our favorite winemakers, and one of the most knowledgable wine person I’ve ever met, Dyson Demara of Hillcrest Vineyards.  Susan Demara literally met us at the gate to greet us . . . because we got there as they opened.  She was our hostess for the morning.  It was nice to chat with Dyson for a couple minutes; he was making ready for the wineries 50th Anniversary celebration that day.

2013 Jordi – A blend of Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Tempranillo.  Deep dark fruit nose with moderate acidity.  Deep tannins and a dry long finish

2013 Pinot Noir – This is made from fruit from the vines that were planted in 1968.  A blend of red and dark berries, silky smooth mid, moderate acid and finishes dry.

2009 Bulls Blood – Earthy nose and a silky mid palate with moderate tannins that are well incorporated into the whole.  Dyson explains it better than I can . .from their webpage . .

*Our family’s 2009 Bulls Blood is the product of years of aging.  This new release spent three years in barrel, two in a large tank and finished with two in bottle. Yes, that’s SEVEN years in the making!
Time not only integrates flavors and textures but provides wines with their bouquet – the flavors developed in bottle.  A blend of Pinot, Cabernet, and tempranillo, this wine shows the depth and richness of Pinot with the gentle power and complexity of the latter two. It drinks great and can be enjoyed for many years to come.*

2014 Umpqua Ribera – An 80/20 blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Earthy nose with a silky mid palate.  A bit higher in tannins which makes it much more astringent than the previous wines.  And it finishes quite dry.

2013 Anonymous – As the name implies . . .we don’t know what is in it . . . Only Dyson knows.  I can tell you there is a whole lot of delicious in it.  First thing to hit you is plums and dark berries in the nose, then a silky smooth fruity middle.  It does end slightly dry.  Definitely a personal favorite.

2011 Perfecti – Jammy nose of dark fruit from Carignan, Grenache and Syrah.  A silky mid palate and a lingering semi-dry finish.

2015 Fuder Reserve Riesling – Lemon grass and grapefruit greet your nose and a lusciously creamy mid palate will caress your tongue.  The tropical fruit is mild but apparent on the finish.

2015 Europa – This dry Gewurtztraminer has a very floral sweet aroma and a satiny middle.  It is really well balanced and delicious.  This is our Thanksgiving wine of choice.

2013 Alten Schule Riesling– This one has a clean and lightly juicy aroma done in a Mosel style.  So creamy and slightly tart on the finish.

We continued down the Umpqua Valley further south to 2Hawk Winery just a bit south of Medford.

2Hawk Winery is a gorgeous up-and-comer of huge proportions.  The new owners (since 2014) have built a beautifully rustic tasting room and a new custom crush facility on property.  Dane was our host and was terrific in not only making sure we were enjoying what he was pouring for us, but he also regaled us with information about the facility, the owners, and the nuances of there particular wines.  It’s a wonderful place that you need to check out.  Here is my take on the wines we tried.

NV Plume Blanc – White blend of Viognier, Marsanne and Rousanne.  Bright and lightly citrus with a clean nicely balanced mid.  A great easy drinker.

2015 Viognier – Nice grapefruit on the nose and a light and fruit forward (not tart) mid.  This one is a bit more viscous than most done in a n old world style.  Really great.

2015 Rogue Valley Pinot Noir– Dark berry nose and a bit of baking spice, chocolate and nutmeg on the mid palate.  It has a long lingering finish and a great texture.

NV Red Tail V2 – The nose on this is deep and brooding . . I could smell this all day.  It’s a blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc and Petite Verdot.  So luscious and silky smooth.

End of day two of our adventure . . . we ended our travels in Redding, CA.  Just a few more hours to our resort and many new California wine experiences.



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