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Hawkes – Merlot

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Sonoma County
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The Facts

Origins USA - CA > Sonoma County > Alexander Valley
Appellation Alexander Valley
Varietal Merlot
Cepage 100% Merlot
Markets Texas

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The Character

Tasting Notes Our Merlot is always sourced from the same small block on our Red Winery Vineyard in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains. The 2018 Merlot is a great example of what this vineyard does best: aromatics. Violets are the first, most obvious aroma, but there’s definitely cocoa and cinnamon here, too. What a lovely, fresh expression of a variety that’s so often beaten into the shape of poor man’s cab. It’s aged predominantly in neutral oak barrels, so, what you smell and taste here is fruit and only fruit.
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About Hawkes

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In 1971, Stephen & Paula Hawkes bought a 65-acre farm in southern Alexander Valley, where they have been living & farming grapes since. Jacob, a bald man in his early 40's with a sort of athlete-gone-to-seed figure, was born & raised on that farm. Never planning to make wine, he left home & bumped around. His jobs varied. Nightclub doorman in New York, grape-picker in Australia, alcoholic in Mexico, English teacher in Texas, but wherever he went, he failed. And when he failed, he came home & worked the vineyard. Today, Jake is resigned to failure. The upside is, he loves what he does! In dreams, he wanders the landscape of American Cabernet, looking upon the empty plain. “I will make great Cabernet for our time” he shouts. “Pipe down” his wife says, “You’ll wake the baby.”

Brand Story

In 1971, Stephen & Paula Hawkes bought a 65-acre farm in southern Alexander Valley, where they have been living & farming grapes since. Jacob, a bald man in his early 40's with a sort of athlete-gone-to-seed figure, was born & raised on that farm. Never planning to make wine, he left home & bumped around. His jobs varied. Nightclub doorman in New York, grape-picker in Australia, alcoholic in Mexico, English teacher in Texas, but wherever he went, he failed. And when he failed, he came home & worked the vineyard. Today, Jake is resigned to failure. The upside is, he loves what he does! In dreams, he wanders the landscape of American Cabernet, looking upon the empty plain. “I will make great Cabernet for our time” he shouts. “Pipe down” his wife says, “You’ll wake the baby.”

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