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Laura Carpenter Hawkes arrived in San Francisco in 1993 after growing up on the East Coast. She toyed with wine interests with trips to Sonoma, a tutelage in the Whole Foods wine department, helped launch the Liberty Cafe, then spent a year in Italy. Upon her return, she managed Solano Cellars in Berkeley and did a stint in Austin, Texas, working for Horizon Wines. Ultimately, she returned to Sonoma to make wine with family.
The winemaker is Jake Hawkes, who was born in Alexander Valley and started making Chardonnay in high school.
Wines are produced from sites in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast, including the estate Stone Vineyard planted by the Hawkes family in 1972.
Tasting by appointment at Stone Vineyard in Healdsburg.
2014 Carpenter Old Road #3 Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.6% alc., 325 cases, $40. Swan and La Tache selections, Pommard clone. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. A lighter styled wine that starts out strong upon opening, but becomes less appealing over time and when tasted the following day from a previously opened bottle. Aromas of black cherry, spice and oak barrel. Flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and subtle raisin with energetic oak support, modest tannins and a short finish. Score: 87. Reviewed August 24, 2018 ARTICLE »