July 23, 2019
Hawley Viognier and Cabernet named Top 100 Wines of Sonoma County by Sonoma Magazine!
Thank you Sonoma Magazine for helping our wine community to feel a little more put together in the wake of the fires. We are happy to welcome new wine-curious generations to explore our sweet little spot on this planet. Read on for the introduction or see the full list here.
100 Best Sonoma Wines 2018- Sonoma Magazine, Published November 2018
"A year ago, wildfires ripped through Sonoma County, destroying lives, homes, and businesses. Wine Country became Fire Country in the eyes of the world, yet paradoxically, flames did relatively little damage to local wineries and vineyards.
Paradise Ridge Winery, located in Santa Rosa’s Fountaingrove area, was demolished by the Tubbs fire, but this was the worst of it for Sonoma wineries. A few suffered structural damage, which they’ve since repaired.
Backfires intentionally set protected many wineries, including Sonoma Valley’s Arrowood Winery, from the conflagration.
But the major savers of Sonoma wines are the grapevines themselves, living plants with moisture in their veins. They served as natural firebreaks, with flames moving on to easier targets such as trees, brush, and structures.
Paradise Ridge is rebuilding, with its LOVE art sculpture standing strong after the fires. We celebrate that, and all recovery efforts, with this Top 100 Wines list. It’s heavy in sparkling wines — to toast Sonoma’s resilient personality — and with plenty of Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs, and Zinfandels to please all crowds.
Welcome to resurgent Sonoma." - Sonoma Magazine, Published November 2018
"Grapes from the Hawley family’s estate vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, and purchased fruit from a site in Russian River Valley, comprise this delicious, easy-going wine. Honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and pear character come at a fair price for Viognier."
"Made with organically grown grapes, it’s packed with dark fruit — blackberry, dark plum, and blueberry — yet 20 percent Cabernet Franc adds a floral note to the aromas and brightness to the palate. Low in oak influence and high-acid structure, it’s a baby certain to age nicely with cellaring."