Stephen Hagen is a passionate man. You’d have to be to farm the way he does. Either that or crazy.
By his own admission, he is “obsessed with growing the best wines possible.” The way this plays out is that he does everything by hand, the old fashioned way. Hand pruning, hand training, horse-drawn plow, sheep-grazed, meticulously tended and hand harvested.
The fruit he produces is some of the most unique I’ve come across in the Willamette Valley. Is it the terroir? Is it the way he farms? We may never know, but my guess is that it’s a little of both. Whatever the case, the wines are inky opaque, powdery and have this distinct tropical note.
Daphne is a unique rarity. It’s a late-harvest dessert wine made from Pinot Gris grapes. Pure, sweet nectar. This is for you lovers of Icewine out there! Give this a try and maybe pair it with some blue cheese. So good.