Maggy Hawk Afleet Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
Maggy Hawk Afleet Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label

Maggy Hawk Afleet Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

On the nose, Afleet opens with dark aromas of exotic spice, leather, cherry pipe tobacco, and hints of cedar. The palate exposes rich flavors of black current, hints of forest floor, leather, black tea, and vanilla to reveal a wine with firm acidity and robust tannins. This is a wine with exceptional consistency each year, a wine that will age gracefully – a true tribute to its namesake, Afleet Alex.

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My favorite is the 2012 Pinot Noir Afleet, which is made from the Pommard selection, and comes across as a French Pommard, with its meaty, muscular, rather masculine style. With lots of damp earth, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit and plenty of muscle, density and structure, it’s the biggest and richest of the Pinot Noirs, but also the most limited in availability (156 cases).
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Situated adjacent to the redwoods and one of the last vineyards before one reaches the Pacific, the Maggy Hawk vineyard is located in what many refer to as the “deep end” of Anderson Valley. The vineyard contains a complex patchwork of different facings, slopes and clones, all of which conspire to provide a dazzling array of different Pinot Noirs.

The soil is comprised of decomposed sandstone, known for exceptional drainage and low nutrients, both critical to the development of naturally balanced vines.

As one might expect, yields are controlled by Mother Nature in this setting; in most years, the Maggy Hawk vineyard provides no more than two tons per acre.

Adversity often brings greatness to Pinot Noir, the most difficult of grapes to master. Greatness also arises in champion racehorses, something Proprietor Barbara Banke recognized and celebrates in the gifted Maggy Hawk, a winning thoroughbred honored with this Pinot Noir effort from the deep end of Mendocino’s Anderson Valley, mere moments from the Pacific Ocean.

Each wine in the series is named for a horse born to Maggy Hawk: Jolie, Afleet, Stormin’ and Unforgettable, and to her sire, Hawkster. The unique expression borne of training, bloodlines, site and alchemy applies equally to wine and horses – Pinot Noir and thoroughbreds in particular.

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Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.

Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.

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