Monday, January 20, 2014

Cooper's Hawk Vineyards (CA)

 
So, when I was at Taste Camp 2013 in Quebec, there was the BYOB dinner, and someone brought a bottle of Cooper's Hawk from the Canadian Niagara side of Lake Erie official known as Lake Erie North Shore VQA. I think it was Gary Killops of the Essex Wine Review. (http://www.essexwinereview.com/). I was happily surprised!
“Beyond the vineyards, a new county winery looks all the more intriguing with its solar panels, ponds and small playground area. They reflect the approach of the O'Brien family and Cooper's Hawk Vineyards™, 1425 Iler Rd., just north of the John R. Park Homestead and Conservation between Kingsville and Harrow. .. The entire property is licensed so visitors can stay awhile, stepping out to wander and enjoy a glass of wine… Dirt from construction, has been set aside for a small amphitheatre area in future. Solar panels will supply more than enough electricity and feed into the grid. The farmer who sold the property will grow some garlic and potatoes the winery can sell,” wrote Ted Whipp in The Winsdor Star on July 13, 2011.
"We want to have a parkland here where people can buy a glass of wine, buy some food, go and sit there," O'Brien said. "If you want to have functions here, you can use the grounds to wander." O'Brien originally bought the property as a place to enjoy in retirement with his family, and the winery will essentially help serve the same purpose.
According to Whipp, “Family members including his wife Katy, and grown son Mike and daughters Erin Masse and Meagan O'Brien are directly involved in the winery since planting began….”

Grapes Coopers Hawk VineYards
 
“Beyond the vineyards, a new county winery looks all the more intriguing with its solar panels, ponds and small playground area. They reflect the approach of the O'Brien family and Cooper's Hawk Vineyards™, 1425 Iler Rd., just north of the John R. Park Homestead and Conservation between Kingsville and Harrow. .. The entire property is licensed so visitors can stay awhile, stepping out to wander and enjoy a glass of wine… Dirt from construction, has been set aside for a small amphitheatre area in future. Solar panels will supply more than enough electricity and feed into the grid. The farmer who sold the property will grow some garlic and potatoes the winery can sell,” wrote Ted Whipp in The Winsdor Star on July 13, 2011.
"We want to have a parkland here where people can buy a glass of wine, buy some food, go and sit there," O'Brien said. "If you want to have functions here, you can use the grounds to wander." O'Brien originally bought the property as a place to enjoy in retirement with his family, and the winery will essentially help serve the same purpose.
According to Whipp, “Family members including his wife Katy, and grown son Mike and daughters Erin Masse and Meagan O'Brien are directly involved in the winery since planting began….”
 
Cooper's Hawk Vineyards Winemaker
 
Rori McCaw is Cooper's Hawk Vineyards winemaker Her Cooper's Hawk Cabernet Merlo Reserve 2008 is exploding with bright, sweet cherry, raspberry, and a hints of black currant. Whiffs of vanilla, caramel, and cedar and spice. Despite the 14.2% alcohol, this is a beautifully balanced wine with bright and ripe fruit up front, nice tannins, and solid acidity that helps the flavor last a nice long time. A nice food wine. Very impressive.