Published September 15, 2013


One of the newest tasting rooms in the Healdsburg plaza that’s worth a try is Hawley. Family winemakers with years of experience have honed their palates so they know how to capture the best juice from any grape. Their Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with crisp green apple and honeydew with a little minerality and vanilla on the crisp finish. It begs for a seat by the pool, crisp rich salad, or saucy seafood. This one is a refreshing change from the grapefruit Sauvignon Blancs elsewhere.

Their Viognier is equally unique with its round supple orange blossom, peach, and apricot flavors. The overwhelming floral fragrance is replaced by a hint of white pepper. With no aftertaste and a long finish, it is a lovely sipper.

Both the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are certified organic and each contains a blending of the other. The Merlot ends up having that rich cherry cola plum with vanilla and spice. Vanilla and cherry is always a good match! As you can imagine, the cab has that cherry cola and plum with a bit of berry flavor and a long velvety finish.

More from my appellation adventures in this region.


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