Maggy Hawk Pinot Noir Unforgettable 2018
|California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
The 2018 Unforgettable was harvested and vinified separately for its unique qualities. After an initial five-day soak, the fruit fermented in three-ton fermenters with pump overs twice daily. Freshness, power and persistence. Unforgettable offers up a delightful balance of jammy blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry with lively aromas of violets, lilac and pennyroyal.
A dark heart of black fruit centers this complex and well-balanced wine. Enticing, spicy clove, cedar and earth aromas lead to a supersmooth but well-structured palate that reveals black-cherry, rhubarb and black-tea nuances. It’s distinctive and should age well in the mid-term. Best from 2023.
The 2018 Pinot Noir Unforgettable is built on texture and creaminess. It offers a bit more mid-palate structure than some of the other wines in the range. The mix of mostly Pommard and Wadensvil clones works so well here. Silky and open-knit, the 2018 can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring.
The 2019 Pinot Noir Unforgettable Estate Vineyard was raised in 25% new French oak and has aromas of fresh red plum, vanilla bean, and crushed red flowers. There is another gear on the palate, with up-front primary fruit of juicy raspberry that is cleaned away with fresh cranberry and mouthwatering acidity. This is another open and charming wine now, but it will be wonderful over the next 8-10 years.
Svelte and elegantly styled, with dried cherry and berry flavors that feature fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity. Sandalwood, tea and cooking spice notes fill the rich finish.