2017 Hiyu Falcon Box
We purchased the first 7-acre parcel on the west side of the property nearly ten years ago. It was planted to Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Syrah. We didn’t assume that these were the perfect grapes for the site and for years meditated on the hills aspect and relation to the sun, wind, stars and mountain. We tasted wine from around the world, read the literature grape varieties and stayed up late into the night trying to imagine which grapes would be best for our land. As we reflected, we gradually began to realize that rather than planting each parcel to a single grape variety, we could achieve more biodiversity, resilience, beauty and harmony by planting each parcel to a complex mixture of many different varieties. The Falcon Box was our first foray in this direction. In 2015 we grafted one acre of Pinot Gris to a field of many grapes based on what a planting on the Corton Hill might have looked like prior to Phylloxera. The first wines was made in 2016 and true to our vision it tastes far more like a reflection of the parcel upon which it is planted than it does of the grape varieties planted there. It’s an Alpine white wine for the Hood River Valley; golden in color, rich, strikingly pure and reflective of all the herbs and flowers growing on our hillside site above the Hood River.