Below are some of our previous vintages, varietals, and blends that are now in the Winemaker’s Cellar and no longer available for sale. From time to time, we will have special tastings and releases of these cellared wines, so keep checking our special events calendar.
This wonderful blend of a young and vibrant Chamborcin along with the bold, yet well rounded Cabernet Sauvignon make this a versatile wine for a wide variety of food pairings. The 2008 Cabernet was aged in oak for 21 months to allow for ample maturity of its tannins. While the 2009 Chamborcin was aged in stainless steel in order to retain its fruity youthfulness. Beautiful aromas of raspberry from the Chamborcin lead into structured layers of blueberry, blackberry and nutmeg from the Cabernet. Medium bodied with a refined finish. Try with Red Snapper sautéed in a classic light French Provençale sauce. Cheese pairing suggestion: Etorki or Gruyere de Comte. Awarded a silver medal in the World Wine Championship. 88 point rating and highly recommended by Beverage Testing Institute: Garnet violet color. Aromas of stewed berries, herbs, and tomatoes and dried leaves with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chocolate covered cherry and nutskin accented finish. A nice, earthy table wine that will go well with roasts and stews.
Classic Bordeaux structure with grace and power. Mouth-filling with a wonderful tannin, acid interplay. On the nose blackberry and plum with a hint of minerality. An excellent food wine you must try with New Zealand Rack of Lamb. Cheese pairing suggestion: Havarti. Awarded a gold medal in World Wine Championship. 93 point rating and highly recommended by Beverage Testing Institute: Deep garnet color. Aromas of clay, buttercream, mint tea, and cranberry coulis with a supple, silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, smooth, herbal and savory root vegetable, tomato and apple skins, menthol tobacco ash, and cedar accented finish. Distinctive, dynamic and exotic; will go brilliantly with Middle Eastern lamb.
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aged 21 months in French oak
Produced 217 cases, bottled July 15, 2010
Plucked from the most mature vines of our vineyard, our estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the wine-maker’s favored varietal. The fruit was hand picked, gently de-stemmed, then fermented with as many whole berries as possible to preserve the delicate fruit flavors and aromas. Aged 21 months in 80% new French oak. Aromas of autumn leaves, chocolate coffee bean and red clay. Tart pomegranate and herb accented finish. A robust wine with a nice dose of Old World charm. Medium- to full-bodied. Try with filet mignon sauce au poivre, dolce gorgonzola, and caramelized onions. Awards: 2011 World Wine Championship Gold Medal, 91 Points- “Exceptional” (Beverage Testing Institute)
2008 White Port – First Bottling
What were you doing in 2008? Our wine maker was making a traditional port with a twist. Tawney Port is typically a red grape aged in oak for several years. We took that same aging process and instead used the white Moscato grape, fortified with grape brandy. On the nose, orange marmalade, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Silky smooth palate of caramelized hazelnut and apricot with a nice finish of honey, caramel, spiced rum cake, and fig. This is a delicious dessert wine that would pair well with frozen honeycomb, custard, and short bread.
A classic Merlot. Medium-to-full bodied. Very Bordeaux in nature. Fine tannins. Cherry, dried lavender and rose petal flavors float in a creamy texture with an excellent balance. This wine will improve for 10 years. Awarded a silver medal by World Wine Championship and a bronze medal in the International Finger Lakes Wine Competition. 88 point rating and highly recommended by Beverage Testing Institute: Ruby red color. Aromas of plum pudding and tomato chutney with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nice kiss of vanilla and peppery spices on the gentle finish.
Our second vintage of this star-studded blend. Gull brooding aromas of blackberry, strawberry jam and camphor. Jammy flavors and a rich, sweet entry give way to a long finish of wild strawberry. A wine that will improve for 5 to 8 years. Pair this wine with a juicy steak and you will be left begging for more. Awards: 2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Bronze Medal
Our 2010 Pinot Grigio is lively with bright acidity and a long finish. The grapes were harvested at full maturity, whole cluster pressed and cold fermented over a three month period. The wine was bottled young to capture the subtle aromas. White peach and jasmine aromas with flavors of peach giving way to ripe apricot. Pair with a buttery, light fish. Awarded a bronze medal in the International Finger Lakes Wine Competition.
A mouth filling, yet restrained, very structured wine. Creamy with bright acidity. Flavors of lemon, kiwi, mango and a hint of oak spice. Burgundian in style. A hint of butter and lemon crème brulee. Pair with salmon or chicken. Awarded a silver medal by New Jersey Monthly Wine Competition, a silver by the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, a silver by World Wine Competition. 88 point rating and highly recommended by Beverage Testing Institute: Golden yellow color. Aromas of roasted pineapple and toasty meringue with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a honeyed apple, lemon mousse, fruit salad, and delicate brown spice accented finish. Tasty.
Offered to our Wine Club Members only. Awarded a silver medal in World Wine Competition and a bronze in the International Finger Lakes Wine Competition. 87 point rating and highly recommended by Beverage Testing Institute: Golden color. Lush fresh baked peach strudel and orange sorbet aromas with supple, fruity medium body and a honeyed golden raisin chutney and apple-pear cider finish. A nice late harvest style gewurz.
A perfect match for our southern Outer Coastal Plain vineyard conditions, Cabernet Franc vines thrive in sandy soils and fare well in a slightly cooler climate due to early bud and ripening. Although its known for it’s place in Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Franc produces an impressive single varietal wine with a lighter pigmentation but smoother mouth-feel than Cabernet Sauvignon. Our 2011 vintage has aromas of forest floor, dried leaves, plum, and blueberry. Medium-to-full mouth fades to a long, rich finish of dried blueberry. Pair with a grilled steak.
2010 is our third vintage of this star-studded blend. A wine that will improve for five to fifteen years. On the nose, strawberry, mango, exotic spices. Mouth-rich, long fruit-driven finish, mouth-filling yet subtle tannins. Pair this wine alongside a nice, juicy steak.
2010 is our second vintage of this classic Bordeaux blend. Structure with grace and power. On the nose, dried leaves, flower petals of rose and violet. Mouth-rich blackberry, sweet cherry core, and a long, pretty finish of blueberry pie. Will improve for up to 20 years.
Petit Verdot is known for ripening much later than other varietals, so success with it on the East Coast does not come without struggle. Generally added to blends in smaller amounts to add tannin, color, flavor, and to stiffen the mid-palate as seen in our 2010 Quill, this single varietal Petit Verdot is the pride of our wine maker. Aromas of rosewood and coffee and flavors of mocha and berries with rustic tannins. Pair with roast duck.
Pronounced guh-VOORTZ-truh-MEE-nor. The first planting of Gewurztraminer at Hawk Haven was in 2008. We have been very pleased with the first two vintages of this delicious and fruity wine. The 2011 vintage has flavors of elderberry and lychee fruit with a very perfumed and flowery bouquet. Our cheese suggestion is Munster. Try with spicy cuisine.
Strawberry, smoke, camphor, leather. Young typically rough tannins that give way quickly. Be patient and lay this wine down for a few years, then pair with a grilled lamb and you will be transported to Basque Country! Typical of Spanish Tempranillo- this wine should age well for about 10 years.
Our Northern Harrier is the third wine in our hawk series of wines. A Northern Harrier is a long-winged, long-tailed hawk of open grassland and marshes. This blend of three grape varietals achieves the winemaker’s goal of producing a fun, everyday red wine. A pleasant example of a Bordeaux from New Jersey. Nice balance of fruit and tannins brightened with acidity. This wine craves food! Pair with everyday meals: brick oven pizza, pasta dishes, rustic sandwiches.
A cru bourgeois from a good year, nice everyday drinking wine. Pretty aromas- coffee, leather, strawberry, dried herbs. Medium bodied with soft tannins and good balance. Try with chicken parmigiana.
2011 is our fourth vintage of this star-studded blend. Our version of the super Tuscan blend. A wine that will improve for 5 to 15 years. Nose- plum, strawberry, camphor box, nutmeg. Mouth- creamy, full entry, mouth-filling and refined. Flavors of strawberry jam, autumnal forest floor and hints of citrus. Finish- long (we are talking more than a minute here), alpine strawberry, orange rind. Pair this wine alongside a nice, juicy steak.
A grape varietal originating in Galicia Spain, Albarino (pronounced ahl-bah-REE-nyoh) is known for it’s distinctive aroma, light body, high acidity, and flavors of honeysuckle, lime, and vanilla. Our third vintage carries sweet aromas and flavors of orange and tangerine. Try with spicy garlic shrimp.
Bright and mouth-filling with flavors of Bosc pear, honeydew melon, kiwi and grapefruit. Lingering finish of grapefruit. A great starter wine or pair with a shellfish entrée.
European styling with bright acidity make this a perfect food wine. Flavors of melon and kiwi. Pair with chicken in a thyme lemon broth or any seafood.
Some vineyard owners choose to plant clones in hopes that they are better suited to their growing region or terroir. Others might choose to plant a close to achieve specific characteristics in their wine. Years ago Todd carefully chose the Dijon clones 76 and 95 looking for a lower-yielding, more flavor concentrated cluster of Chardonnay. This is his first vintage of a clone specific wine, and rest assured that there is method to his madness! Flavors of dried mango and vanilla delight the palate. This wine demands to be paired with a luxurious lunch or special occasion dinner.
2012 Barrel-fermented Riesling – Signature Series
A beautiful example of our daring wine making techniques! Green apple with hints of vanilla and nutmeg. Barrel fermented to add richness, countered by its bracing acidity. This barrel-fermented dry Riesling was made to pair with the wine maker’s favorite- the Cape May Salt oyster.
2012 Flying Press Red
Bouquet of blackberry, strawberry, and spicy cinnamon with notes of cherry cobbler and soft plum. Finishes with a pleasant amount of tannins and dark cherry flavors. A great table wine to pair with everyday dishes like pizza and pasta. Won a Gold medal at the 2015 New Jersey State Wine Competition.
2012 is our third our vintage of this classic Bordeaux blend (formerly known as Quill). Structure with grace and power. On the nose, cassis, dark wood and cinnamon. Mouth- full-flavored and beautifully balanced black fruits with deep, velvety finish. Drink now, through 5-10 years. Pair this wine with a big, grilled meat or a lamb chop. Won a Bronze medal at the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and a Bronze medal at the 2015 New Jersey State Wine Competition.
2012 Tempranillo – Signature Series
Color- soft cherry to plum. Nose- cinnamon and spiced red apple and dark cherry. Mouth- center palate of bright cherry and soft plum, dry tannic finish with notes of cherry pie. Pair with grilled lamb and you will be transported to Basque Country!
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Plucked from the most mature vines of our vineyard, our estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the wine-makers favored varietal. The fruit was hand-picked, gently de-stemmed,then fermented with as many whole berries as possible to preserve the delicate fruit flavors and aromas. Aged for 24 months French oak. Mouth- chocolate covered amarena cherries. Nice acid, tanin play on finish. Try with Filet Mignon sauce au poivre, dolce gorgonzola, caramelized onions. Won a Bronze medal at the 2015 New Jersey State Wine Competition.
Our 2012 blend of old and new vine Merlot is medium-to-full bodied with notes of chocolate, rose pedal, plum and cherry. A subtle spice delights in the finish. Try this wine with duck, or veal roast. Won a Bronze medal at the 2015 New Jersey State Wine Competition.
2012 Cabernet Franc – Signature Series
A perfect match for our southern Outer Coastal Plain vineyard conditions, CF vines thrive in sandy soils and fare well in a slightly cooler climate due to early bud and ripening. Although it’s known for its place in Bordeaux blends, Hawk Haven soil produces an impressive single varietal CF wine with a darker pigmentation and bolder flavors than most. Our 2012- Spicy, bold, big and beautiful. Strawberry, black licorice/anise, black currant, cassis. Pair with a lamb chop or venison stew. Earned 86 points from Wine Advocate’s Mark Squires: “a real backbone and a bright feel.” Won the Governor’s Cup and a gold medal at the 2016 NJ Wine Competition, a Silver medal at the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, and a Bronze medal at the 2015 New Jersey State Wine Competition.
2013 Pinot Grigio
White grapefruit on the nose and front palate flowing onto the mid-palate with hints of kiwi and ripe peach. Finishes with a crisp citrus zest. Try with artisanal cheeses, especially goat cheese. Earned 85 points from Wine Advocate’s Mark Squires: “Lush and rather burnished… [has] the feel of a gracefully maturing wine.” Won a Bronze medal at the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and a Bronze medal at the 2015 New Jersey State Wine Competition.
Very aromatic with bright tangerine and a hint of honeysuckle. Notes of ripe apricot and honeydew with a finish of lemon grass and citrus fruit. Pairs well with fresh fruit and poultry. A definite crowd-pleaser especially at Thanksgiving. Won a Bronze medal at the 2015 New Jersey State Wine Competition.
2013 American Kestrel White
This light white table wine is part of our hawk series. An American Kestrel is a bird of prey known to migrate through the Outer Coastal Plain. Stainless steel fermenting enhances the bright and fragrant flavors of white peach and mango with crisp minerality and tropical fruit on the finish. Ripe pineapple and green apple on the bouquet. Try with crab or a light white fish.
A tropical bouquet of fresh coconut and dry papaya with a hint of vanilla bean. A rich creamy body lead the way to a smooth spicy pear and caramel apple finish. Age 2 to 5 years. Pair with salmon, oysters or chicken. Won Bronze medals at the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and New Jersey Wine Competition.
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
A French-style Sauvignon Blanc, lightly oak-aged for creamy flavors of vanilla and dried coconut. Mid-palate of soft pear and apricot with a long, smooth finish.
2013 Gewurztraminer – Signature Series
Pronounced guh-VOORTS-truh-MEE-nor. The first planting of Gewurztraminer at Hawk Haven was in 2008. We have been very pleased with the first few vintages of this delicious and fruity wine. The 2013 vintage has flavors of elderberry flower, orange blossom, a perfumed nose, and honey and clove on the finish. Our cheese suggestion is munster. Try with spicy cuisine.
2013 Viognier – Signature Series
Pronounced Vee-on-yay this varietal is known for high alcohol, low acidity and flavors of peach, apricot and spice. Its recent rise in popularity has challenged the long running worldwide monopoly of Chardonnay. Our 2013 vintage- big Pina Colada nose, dried coconut, dried papaya, creamy vanilla, sweet pear, on the center palate- apricot and peach, long smooth, creamy finish. A good food wine, for sure- try with Cassoulet. Earned 86 points from Wine Advocate’s Mark Squires: “Lush in texture, this drinks beautifully, with a little grip on the finish and fine flavor.” Won a Bronze medal at the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
2013 Red-Tailed Rose
The second wine of our hawk series, a Red-tailed hawk can often be seen soaring above our open vineyard fields, slowly turning circles on its broad, rounded wings. Hints of strawberry and pink grapefruit on the nose with semi-sweet watermelon and citrus fruits on the palate. Nice and easy finish. Pair with something spicy or enjoy on a warm summer day.
2013 Proprietor’s Red Blend
Aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of baker’s chocolate. Softer, medium body with notes of strawberry, raspberry, and a sour cherry finish with very soft tannins. More to come as the wine ages in the bottle. Try with a red sauce pasta, pizza, or marinara.
Very intense cinnamon, spiced apple, and cherry cobbler on the nose. Notes of black currant, anise, and wild blueberry. Hints of tobacco. Well-integrated tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon and French oak start to take hold, bringing a long finish of cherry cobbler and baker’s chocolate. “Like eating a barrel of cherries.” Very Bordeaux; Cabernet Sauvignon-dominate. Will have a great cellar life, 5-8 years.Earned a Bronze medal at the 2015 New Jersey Wine Competition.
Very Italian wine. Fruit is elegant and refined with a thread of Sangiovese at the start, then it picks up with darker fruit and a richer mouth feel from middle to finish. On the nose, black licorice, strawberry jam, jasmine, raspberry, green tobacco leaf, and strawberries & cream. Notes of raspberry and strawberry on the front palate, with a mid-palate of rich plum and a finish of vanilla spice. Will gain elegance with 5-10 years of cellaring.
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
On the nose, cinnamon to cedar. Chocolate, cranberry, candied cherry, and a hint of strawberry and fresh root vegetables. The palate starts with an acidic but elegant structure. Hints of plum transition into cherry and cranberry, then red apple. Tart cherry and french oak carry to the finish. Will age well for 3 to 6 years.
Dry coconut and papaya on the nose with hints of apple butter. Front palate of creamy pear with crisp green apple and a smooth finish. Has the nose and flavor of a still champagne.
2014 Signature Series Gewurztraminer
Smells like a summer day on the vineyard, floral and spicy, with an incredible bouquet of caramel and orange zest. A “3D wine” with layers of fruits from the first taste of orange blossom flowing into a center palate of pineapple and peach, to the long long finish of honey and caramel apple. Pairs wonderfully with sushi. Won a Bronze medal at the 2015 New Jersey State Wine Competition.
2014 Flying Press White
Bouquet of peach and papaya with flavors of cantaloupe and kiwi. A nice finish of honey and grapefruit. Will pair well with spicy dishes and fish.
2014 Naked Chardonnay
The nose is loaded with big fruit and rich flavors of peach, mango, and Granny Smith apple. The body carries a lot of weight for an unoaked Chardonnay. On the palate, very broad fruit spectrum of passion fruit guava, and pineapple with a crisp finish of citrus zest and green apple.
Bright pineapple and dry coconut on the nose with soft hints of papaya and pear on the front palate. Rich flavors of caramel and green apple lead to a soft finish of peach. Very balanced Chardonnay. Won Bronze medals at the 2015 & 2016 New Jersey State Wine Competition.
2014 Reserve Chardonnay – Signature Series
These Chardonnay vines are from the Dijon region of France and were hand selected by the wine maker for their concentrated flavors. This two barrel vintage was fermented in barrel and aged 7 months in French oak. “Sur Les” (on the lee) gives this wine a perfect balance of bright acidic fruit with medium body and soft tannic influence. On the nose, honey crisp apple, pear, papaya. A mid-palate of coconut butter, citrus zest, fresh pineapple with a creamy pineapple finish.
2014 Viognier – Signature Series
Lemon, meringue, peach, and soft floral notes on the nose. Soft melon that evolves to white peaches and cream on the finish. Earned a Bronze medal in the 2016 New Jersey Wine Competition.
2015 Viognier – Signature Series
Stainless steel aging on this Viognier really allows the fruit to shine, bringing out aromas of apricot, canteloupe, over-ripe strawberry, and sugar cookie. Very full-bodied especially for a white wine, it sits heavy and rich on the palate. Notes of pear and honeydew melon with a finish of honey crisp apple which lends a hint of acidity.
2015 Gewurztraminer – Signature Series
This German varietal is known for its aromatics and our 2015 vintage comes through with a pleasant bouquet of citrus blossom, bright grapefruit, and lychee. Rich notes of peach and lychee coat the entire palate, while grapefruit balances out the body with an acidic charm. A nice finish of soft peach and a notion of kiwi.