MEDFORD, OR: 2Hawk Vineyard & Winery will be releasing 9-1-1 c.2 to raise funds for victims of the Almeda Fire tomorrow, October 6, 2020. This wine represents their humble efforts to help those affected by this crisis rebuild their lives and homes. All proceeds from the sale of this wine will be donated to this cause.
The 9-1-1 c.2 tech sheet describes the inspiration behind this special release:
The ways people quantify blessings are as numerous and individualistic as DNA. Some count family, others count security, others count their job, but we all count our community. On September 8, 2020, a beautiful early fall day was viciously interrupted by the Almeda Fire, which consumed over 3,200 acres of our Rogue Valley community. The fire cut mercilessly through Phoenix and Talent, leaving a trail of ash and charred debris. It destroyed homes, businesses, and lives completely and indiscriminately. In the aftermath of the horrific conflagration, we watched its smoke rise and hover like a sinister wraith over the foothills. We also watched as our brave, determined Firefighters, First Responders, and Law Enforcement wrested control from the fire and began the healing process. Donating the proceeds from this wine is our way of helping those who lost everything in the fury, those in desperate need, those with nowhere to turn for assistance, our community. Together, we will regroup. We will rebuild. We will survive. Like the Phoenix itself, we will rise.
The second call of 2Hawk’s 9-1-1 red wine blend, 9-1-1 c.2 features a delicate balance of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The vines were planted in an experimental block of the vineyard’s most difficult soils, requiring meticulous attention to ensure the fruit ripens. On October 30, 2018, the entire block was picked at once and the fruit co-fermented in the tradition of the great wines of Pauillac and Margaux. The fact that this wine blossomed from adversity makes it a particularly apt choice for supporting survivors of the Almeda Fire.
According to 2Hawk Winemaker Kiley Evans’ tasting notes for 9-1-1 c.2:
This wine is as much about instinct and intuition as about deliberation, and the result is a wine filled with scents and flavors of ripe blueberry, black raspberry, toasted graham cracker crumbs, and pencil lead with a distinct perfume of fresh thyme. Graceful and refined, the palate develops a classic Bordeaux-like personality of slate minerality as the lengthy finish unfolds.
2Hawk produced 56 cases of this Bordeaux blend, which will be available for sale in their tasting room starting Tuesday, October 6, and can already be purchased at their website (www.2hawk.wine/wines) at a price of $30 per bottle. The sooner this wine sells out, the sooner 2Hawk will be able to donate the proceeds to Almeda Fire victims.
Many generous vendors donated services and supplies for this special release, including Michaels & Michaels Creative (graphic design); Landmark Label and CDS Publications (printing); The Ardagh Group (bottles); Signature Mobile Bottlers Inc. (bottling); Portocork (corks); Enoplastic USA (bottle capsules); and Naumes Crush and Fermentation (use of their labeling and capsuling equipment).
2Hawk has a longstanding relationship with first responders in the Rogue Valley. In September 2017, 2Hawk released 9-1-1 c.1 on National First Responders Day. Proceeds from the wine were used to establish a 9-1-1 Fund, which supported projects and equipment purchases for first responder agencies in Jackson County.
The 9-1-1 c.1 label shares 2Hawk’s motivation for creating this red blend:
At 2Hawk our work is wine. Wine is romantic, and the audience is receptive. We are fortunate beyond measure but there are many professionals who do not operate under the same circumstances. To those who serve, who run toward danger, who protect us, who do selfless, life-saving work, we honor you through this wine. This is our tribute to your service, sacrifice, integrity, and dedication. A portion of the proceeds of this bottling goes to support our civic protectors, the brother and sisterhoods of Law Enforcement and Fire Protection.
Co-Owner & Vineyard Manager Ross Allen has a 17-year background in law enforcement. He and Co-Owner & Retail Operations Manager Jen Allen created the 9-1-1 Fund to give back to the community.
With 9-1-1 c.2, they have turned from the rescuers to the rescued. May the proceeds from this wine help those who lost so much in the Almeda Fire resurrect their lives and homes from the ashes.