Hawks View has been on the Winery Hunt agenda two years in a row now. We had a wonderful visit there last year in January, and got to enjoy a rare sunny day on the their spacious balcony overlooking the vineyard and Mt. Hood. I fell in love with the view and their White Pinot Noir! It was a glorious day.
This year, we almost skipped Hawks View on the February Winery Hunt. I’m sure glad we ended up going! We had four wineries to hit in one day in the East Chehalem Mountains, which can sometimes be a bit of stretch. Since we hadn’t been to the other three, we went to those first and agreed that we might hit Hawks View on the way back depending on how we felt after three wineries… and of course, we ended up stopping in.
The moment we pulled into the parking lot, I was skeptical. It was PACKED and we had to park pretty far from the tasting room. Y’all know I don’t like dealing with a lot of humans in one place but we were already there, so we decided to go in.
From the second I opened the door and stepped inside, I was glad we didn’t turn back. It was packed to the gills, but the energy was incredible and contagious. Everyone was laughing and smiling and enjoying exceptional wine with friends. I even ran into a few old coworkers and made some new friends, as well. As it turns out, there was a member pickup party that day, along with a WineryHunt crowd, the Winter Wine Trail, and like 47 birthday parties. Oh my.
The tasting room staff were friendly and attentive as ever. You would have never guessed they were so busy with such exceptional service. It was impressive to watch – they had their system down!
Hawks View was started in 2007 by Jack Kemp and his family. The vineyard, originally planted in the late eighties/early nineties, was then expanded to 50 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir. They grow eight Pinot Noir Clones: 115, 667, 777, Coury, Dijon, Hanzell, Pommard, and Wadensville. The eastern-facing slope allows the vines to bask in the morning sun, but protects the fruit from the harsh afternoon heat.
After Jack’s passing, the Ponte Family took over ownership and operation of Hawks View. They have stayed true to Jack’s vision and traditions while also making improvements, including a brand new tasting room that is currently under construction.
Here’s what we tasted:
2018 Sparkling Rosé
This sparkling rosé made my day. I wrote in my tasting notes “surprising bubbles”, and to be honest.. I’m not entirely sure what I meant by that. Did the bubbles catch me off guard? I’m not sure, but I do recall exclaiming, “WHOA!” upon the first sip. This one is 100% Pinot Noir, acidic and refreshing, with hints of strawberry, peach, and apricot.
2018 Hawks View Pinot Gris
So refreshing, a little tart, and a little minerally! Pear and green apple gives way to a citrus-like acidic finish. Perfect for a warm summer afternoon.
2018 Barrel Select Chardonnay
This Chardonnay was started in stainless steel and finished in neutral French oak for nine months. It has a subtle oak influence, but not too much – just the way I like it. Savory on the nose and not too acidic, with notes of tangerine, lemon, and apricot.
2017 Jack’s Pinot Noir
This Pinot is named after the former owner, Jack Kemp. It includes all eight estate Pinot Noir clones and spent one year in oak. Floral on the nose with notes of blueberry, black cherry, and baking spaces. Lighter in body, but well-structured with a long finish.
2017 Barrel Select Pinot Noir
This one is more medium-bodied compared to the previous Pinot. This is made from only the estate Dijon clones and represents the best barrels of the vintage. Tastes a bit like blueberry pie with a toasted graham cracker crust. Fruit forward, but earthy and toasty at the same time. I took a bottle of this one home!
2017 Hawk Attack
The Hawk Attack is a fun one – a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah blend, with fruit sourced from Rogue Valley, Oregon. It spent 17 months in French Oak, resulting in structured, yet elegant tannins. Upon the first whiff, I was instantly reminded of raspberry thumbprint cookies from my childhood. The wine didn’t necessarily smell like that, but something brought me back to that memory. It’s so funny to me how wine can evoke memories that have nothing to do with wine – that’s one of my favorite things about it! This one strikes an amazing balance between dark fruit and savory spices. Shockingly, it was my favorite wine of the day and I brought a bottle home!
Blanc de Noirs 2019 – bonus pour!
We just so happened to be at Hawks View on the day they were debuting their latest sparkling wine for members to try. I’m not a member, but I asked nicely if I could try it and they let me [insert giggle here]. This one is 100% Pinot Noir, but very different than the sparkling rosé that we started with. Apple and pear on the nose, minerally and acidic, but more mellow than the rosé. My tasting notes concluded with “not too in-your-face”, which roughly translates to “I could drink a lot of this”.
Overall, it was a lovely experience at Hawks View, despite how busy it was! I can’t wait to visit again in the summer and enjoy the outdoor space. Hawks View is open until 7pm, so it’ll be the perfect summer hangout!
Special shoutout to Ute, and the rest of the tasting room staff, for taking such good care of us. Thank you! Visit https://www.hawksviewwinery.com/ for more info about all the Hawks View has to offer.