It’s raining unicorns at Hawks View Cellars. Tasty, tasty unicorns — and some exciting news for those who plan to go wine tasting in the Chehalem Mountains AVA anytime soon!
The 2013 White Pinot Noir (AKA The Unicorn, since it is much talked about but seldom seen!) was just bottled and I was honored to be the first “civilian” wine taster to try this rare glorious wine. White Pinot Noir is made from traditional red Pinot Noir grapes, then fermented in the absence of the red grape skins to give it the light peach color. It is a nice heartier white, without the tartness and stark acidity of traditional white wines. It’s a deliciously smooth wine for any time of year, with some light fruit notes of apple and pear. I love it.
In addition to the 2013 White Pinot Noir release, Hawks View Cellars is releasing the 2012 La Baleine. Known as The Whale, this vintage is the most daring combination to date for the family-owned vineyard and winery. The 2012 La Baleine includes:
* Petite Verdo
* Pinot Gris
How’s that for a complex wine? I have to say, I’m fascinated by the 2012 Hawks View Cellars La Baleine. Each sip gifted a different note forward. Sometimes I tasted more of the rich Cab and Merlot, other times, the softer Syrah. It’s a rich red wine that I think would pair so well with some grilled meats, hard cheeses, and pasta dishes.
Tasting Room Now Open to the Public
More exciting news from Hawks View Cellars: their tasting room, formerly by appointment only, is now open to the public each Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 5pm.
As you can tell, owner A.J. Kemp is pretty excited. Here he is holding the new tasting hours sign before it was installed:
Hawks View Cellars also has fabulous outdoor space, perfect for wine tasting on a sunny day (the photo below is from a rainy day — so UNtypical in Oregon – ha! ;)), and also available for rent for private events.
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20210 SW Conzelmann Road
Sherwood, OR 97304