Falcon Box 2017
A Wine That
is homage to the vineyard's eponymous bird of prey inhabitants. This is an astonishing wine that is the only wine on US soil that we feel comes close to Ganevat's pure expressions of the Jura; somehow with a Savoyard twist that nods to the snow covered mountains of Mt. Hood. This is a minefield of expression in a glass of white wine; if we could make a cocktail out of snow, rock salt and papaya, we're pretty sure it'd taste like this.
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- Winemaker: HIYU Wine Farm
Where and How?
The Falcon Box is a 3.8 acre area of the lower SE corner of the HIYU vineyard. It has some sections that slope gently to the south, some east facing parcels and some undulating swales. It's planted to four different parcels named after the birds of prey that visit the property at different times of the year.
This comes from a gently sloping, south facing, one-acre field directly above the barn in the south-eastern part of the vineyard. It’s interplanted to all of the grapes that have descended from Pinot Noir in Burgundy since the early middle ages: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Aligoté, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Melon de Bourgogne. The varieties are present in roughly equal portions and are picked together in a single pass. As with many of the parcels this can be made as white, red or rosé, but in the first vintages we’ve made it as a directly pressed white wine. It was bottled unfined, unfiltered, with the tiniest touch of sulphur.
The Hood River Valley is a place that reverberates with energy. As we walk through the forest’s thick foliage, there is no man-made sound to be heard, other than the odd snap of twigs from beneath our feet. It’s almost as if we can feel the heartbeat of nature herself. It wouldn’t surprise us if there really were fairies living underneath the dense shrubbery.
This energy is what Nate and China are committed to preserving on their farm; their goal is to grow vines, vegetables and tend animals with as little interference with nature’s own rhythms as possible. This means working in tandem with nature, never against it. Instead of seeing the negatives (weeds as competition, mildew as bad), they flip their thinking - for example, which plants might be beneficial to the vines? How can the present microbial population be increased so that there’s less room for mildew to take hold?
Nate and China are two people on a tandem bike, of which the framework is nature. They sit on top of a complex functioning world that gives them life, and their aim is simply to respect it and to help create an environment for it to flourish—for nature to thrive, and for the bike to run more smoothly.
As for the vineyards? Imagine a place where 107 grape varieties live together with oak trees, goats and rare species of duck. And the wines? Well, they're the polar opposite to Oregon's "norm"; if “classic Oregon” is Bronte’s Edgar Linton, then @hiyuwinefarm is Heathcliff. And we couldn't love them more if we tried. This is fine wine, as fine wine has never seen it before.