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Hawk Hill Vineyard was named for the Red Tail, and Cooper’s hawks regularly seen riding the thermals above the vineyard. The wind and coastal influence of the nearby ocean are the defining features that produce extraordinary Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes in conjunction with the outstanding Goldridge soils.
The vines at this site face south/southeastward with an elevation of 386 ft at its low point to 610 ft at the high end. This range of elevation helps keep the vineyard above the fog line much of the time, improving ripening characteristics. The cool marine influence lengthens the ripening time, and the extended hang time allows the fruit to accumulate incredible sugar while maintaining fruit acid.
Trellising is done via a modified Scott Henry system. Two fruiting wires are maintained with canopy canes trained upward to gather sunlight and another set of canes trained downward to collect and concentrate heat. All vineyard work, including harvest, is done by hand pruning.
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