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Maggy Hawk

Owner(s) Jackson Family Wines
 
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Maggy Hawk

Maggy Hawk is a vineyard site in the deep end of the Anderson Valley composed of a complex patchwork of different facings, slopes and clones. Winegrower Dennis Winchester lives on the property and works with winemaker Elizabeth Grant-Douglas to produce special bottlings of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.

The vineyard was planted in 2000 at an elevation of 300 to 530 feet mere miles from the Pacific Ocean in the "deep end" of the Anderson Valley. Clones are 115, 667, Pommard 5 and Wädenswil. Yields are extremely low, at 1.5 to 2 tons per acre.

Grapes from the vineyard were part of La Crema's Anderson Valley bottling until 2006 when two vineyard designates were produced from Maggy Hawk Vineyard under the La Crema label. The Maggy Hawk label was launched with the 2007 vintage. The five block/single clone wines from the vineyard are are offered under the Jackson Family Estates parent company.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Maggy Hawk Afleet Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Pommard clone. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The boldest and most tannic wine in the 2012 Maggy Hawk lineup. Very ripe flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and sassafras with a modest toasty oak seasoning. Score: 90-91. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Maggy Hawk Hawkster Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Clone 2A. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of red berries and herbs. Delicious array of dark fruits dance on the palate including black cherry and black raspberry with a hint of pain grille. Modest tannins make for easy drinking now. Score: 92-94. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Maggy Hawk Jolie Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

312 cases. Clone 115. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A harmonious, highly enjoyable wine that offers scents of black cherry and sous-bois and a deeply flavored cherry core. The tannins are suave, the mouthfeel is satiny, and the finish returns for many encores over a minute. Score: 94+. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Maggy Hawk Unforgettable Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Clone 667. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is a walk in the forest with aromas of sous bois, wild berries and mushrooms. Delicious flavors of dark stone and berry fruits with a note of iron and spice. Finishes juicy with explosive drive. Score: 92-94. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Maggy Hawk Afleet Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.63, TA 0.59, 156 cases, $66. Pommard clone. Aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 43% new. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely scent of black cherry mash, spice, rose petal and grilled mushrooms. More sappy and concentrated than the 2011 version, with a bombastic array of redder cherry and berry fruits touched by oak. Deft winemaking here with suave tannins, and bright acidity that flatter the fruit core. Like all the 2012 Maggy Hawk Pinot Noirs, the finish is noteworthy for its generosity and persistence. Score: 93. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Maggy Hawk Hawkster Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

15.0% alc., pH 3.75, TA 0.54, 268 cases, $66. Wädenswil 2A clone. Aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 63% new. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. A very charming wine that aims to please with inviting scents of dark cherry, spice, rose petal and aniselaced oak. The full-bodied attack of black cherry, black raspberry and blackberry flavors are accented with a hint of spice. The most tannic of the Maggy Hawk Pinot Noirs, but has the fruit concentration to balance. The velvety mouthfeel is very seductive and the head-turning finish ramps up the intensity level a few notches. Score: 93. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Maggy Hawk Jolie Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.54, 312 cases, $66. Dijon clone 115. Aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 64% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is subdued upon opening, but blossoms over time in the glass to reveal aromas of dark cherry liquor, spice, and plenty of floral goodness including violets and roses. The nose was even more captivating the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle and was reminiscent of capturing a whiff of seductive perfume on a beautiful woman. The mid weight plus core of dark cherry and raspberry fruit is incredibly flavorful and reveals many nuances over time including spice, conifer, rosehips tea and just the right touch of oak. Elegant and sleek with amazing length, this wine is the whole package. Compared to the 2011 vintage, this wine is a bit more elegant, more fashionable and shows more adroit oak integration. I have tasted this wine on three other occasions and was blown away each time. An exemplar. Score: 98. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Maggy Hawk Stormin’ Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.75, TA 0.54, 223 cases, $66. Dijon clone 667. Aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 41% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is more earthy than fruity, with aromas of mulch, mushroom and a hint of blackberry jam. Very soft and silky in the mouth with impressive harmony, this mid weight wine offers layers of sweet dark blackberry, black raspberry and spiced plum flavors accented by complimentary mocha-laced oak. The tannins are satiny and folded in nicely. The fruit intensity builds in the mouth, culminating in an orgasmic finish that never seems to want to go away. Score: 94. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2011 Maggy Hawk Afleet Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.57, 97 cases, $66. Pommard clone. Aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 34% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of Bing cherry, blackberry, dried herbs and vanilla lead to a mid weight palate of enticing spicy black cherry and raspberry fruit flavors with a thread of herbs and oak vanillin in the background. The tannins are ripe, firm and well-proportioned, the mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and the finish has impressive length. The wine was even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle with deep cherry flavor and a ridiculously long finish. Score: 92. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2011 Maggy Hawk Hawkster Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

15.0% alc., pH 3.69, TA 0.54, 195 cases, $66. Wädenswil 2A clone. Aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 39% new. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Very shy aromas of dark cherry and berry with a hint of marzipan and spice. Well-endowed with luscious cherry and berry fruits with a noticeable oak overlay that compliments rather than intrudes. The tannins are modest and supportive, and the finish has a generous richness. Score: 91. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2011 Maggy Hawk Jolie Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.57, 242 cases, $66. Dijon clone 115. Aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 48% new. · Gorgeous moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. This wine has an “Oh God!” nose offering sexy aromas of Bing cherry, cardamom spice, dark chocolate and vanilla bean. The delicious black cherry core saturates the mid palate, expands in the mouth, and carries over to a finish that seems to last a minute. Suede-like tannins frame the fruit which is accented by oak-driven notes of spice, mocha and vanilla. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle, the aromatic goodness was still in full dress. The only nit I have is that the oak is a little heavyhanded. Score: 93. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2011 Maggy Hawk Unforgettable Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.54, 196 cases, $66. Dijon clone 667. Aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 26% new. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose leads with effusive aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, cherry, redwood and forest floor. Soft and smooth on the palate with a mid weight array of dark cherry and berry flavors complimented by a savory, “woodsy” tone that is hard to describe but very likable. Oak-driven notes of anise and toast play in the background. Juicy acidity brings the wine on target. Score: 92. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2010 Maggy Hawk Afleet Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 147 cases, $55. Pommard clone. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Appealing aromas of fresh cherry, wooded forest and pennyroyal. Soft and polished on the palate with a tasty mid weight core of darker cherry and berry fruits with a noticeable overlay of smoky oak. The tannins are suave and very fine. The wine finishes with modest intensity and a little more oak than I prefer, but the charming fruit is enticing. Score: 90. Reviewed July 28, 2014 ARTICLE »

2010 Maggy Hawk Jolie Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 291 cases, $55. Clone 115. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Uplifting aromas of cherry, strawberry, spice and underbrush. Delicious and full in the mouth, with a good attack of dark cherry fruit accented with anise, dark chocolate and toasty oak. Impressive harmony and elegance with complimentary integration of oak. The finish is polished and pleasant. Score: 91. Reviewed July 28, 2014 ARTICLE »

2009 Maggy Hawk Afleet Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.52, 234 cases, $66. From 1.23-acre Block 4, Pommard clone. Aged 15 months in 32% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Haunting aromas of spiced black cherries and black raspberries creating an olfactory overload. Richly endowed, with flavors of very ripe dark cherries, berries, currants and sassafras enveloping the palate. An appealing wood spice and savory herbal note add interest. Well-managed tannins create a round, polished drinking experience. Very typical Pommard-based wine that is the richest in the lineup. Still opulent the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Reviewed December 8, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Maggy Hawk Hawkster Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

15.4% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.54, 240 cases, $66. From Blocks 12, 13, and 14, 6.18 acres, clone 2A. Aged 15 months in 32% new French oak. · Medium reddishpurple hue in the glass. Very ripe fruit-driven wine offering aromas of black plum sauce, blackberry jam, and spice, intensifying over time in the glass. Moderately rich with very ripe fruit flavors of red and black berries and slight prune. Sturdy tannins with complimentary oak in the background. More fruity and spicy the following day with a softer mouth feel. Tasted twice. Pushes the ripeness envelope too far for me. Good. Reviewed December 8, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Maggy Hawk Jolie Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.55, 237 cases, $66. From 10.03 acre Block 7, clone 115. Aged 15 months in 23% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddishpurple color in the glass. Showy aromas of red cherries and raspberries with a hint of forest floor, compost and oak. Lushly flavored yet sleek and seductive with a core of deep raspberry flavor complimented by a whisper of oak. A pretty wine yet endowed with good structural bones, finishing long and opulent. Still solid the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good (+). Reviewed December 8, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Maggy Hawk Unforgettable Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.51, 235 cases, $66. From 2.64-acre Block 5, clone 667. Aged 15 months in 35% new French oak barrels. · Very interesting woodsy nose offering aromas of black cherries, spice and mushrooms on the grill. Delicious core of fresh black raspberry and blackberry fruit, nicely spiced. A veritable iron fist in a velvet glove wine with rich, strikingly intense flavor, countered with seductive elegance and silkiness. Flat-out great the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle. The name of this wine really fits. Reviewed December 8, 2012 ARTICLE »

2007 Maggy Hawk Afleet Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.72, TA 0.56, 91 cases, $70. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Beguiling aromas of brandied cherries, rose hips tea, violets and seasoned oak. Delicious black raspberry and cherry sappy flavors on a medium weight frame complimented by hints of exotic spice and fruit leather. The most intense, deeply fruited and structured wine of the three, more opaque than see-through lingerie. The aromatic peacock tail on the finish is notable for its length. Even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A very special wine. Reviewed January 12, 2012 ARTICLE »

2007 Maggy Hawk Jolie Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.53, 89 cases, $70. · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. Exotic and intriguing nose featuring aromas of black cherries, dark berries, Moroccan spices and a hint of coffee broadening over time to even deeper autumnal notes. Beautifully complex array of dark red Pinot fruits robed in mild dusty tannins, ever-expanding in the mouth, and finishing with amazing persistence and length. The fruit really sings in this seamless and classy wine. Still great the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Reviewed January 12, 2012 ARTICLE »

2007 Maggy Hawk Stormin’ Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.69, TA 0.54, 77 cases, $70. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of black raspberry, dried cherries, and brioche. Discreetly concentrated flavors of black cherries, blueberries and bramble caressed by ripe, fine-grain tannins, persisting on the slightly tart cherry pie finish. Sleek, elegant and refined, weaving a stylish dance ever so lightly on the palate. Very good (+). Reviewed January 12, 2012 ARTICLE »