Hallcrest Vineyards

Owner(s) John Schumacher
Web site www.hallcrestvineyards.com
 
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Hallcrest Vineyards Hallcrest is the most award winning winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. John Schumacher and family purchased the site in Felton in1987. It had been operating as Felton Empire Winery and they restored the historical name of the property to Hallcrest. John is crafting some really exciting Pinot Noirs. The quaint tasting room at Hallcrest is an ideal spot to sip Pinot. The wines are sold primarily out of the tasting room. 20,000 cases produced annually.

Reviewed Wines

2005 Hallcrest Vineyards Barrel Select Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 233 cases, $42, Diam closure. A blend of grapes from the top five vineyards sourced by Hallcrest. · Ripe cherry and berry fruits, oak toast and vanillin on the attractive nose. Discreet but impressive depth and richness of flavor featuring darker ripe Pinot fruits, nicely spiced, flanked by harmonious t n ‘a. A well-crafted wine of great charm worthy of the Barrel Select designation. Very good. Reviewed November 13, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Hallcrest Vineyards Vista Del Mare Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 167 cases, $42, Diam closure. This 4-acre vineyard is located in Scott’s Valley and looks out on Monterey Bay. · Ripe, slightly roasted fruit on the nose with added scents of black currants, maple syrup, exotic woods, Middle Eastern spices and a hint of alcohol. Black cherries are at the forefront on the attack with some attractive accents of spice and oak in the background. Soft in the mouth with fine-grain tannins and a slightly tart finish. Decent (+). Reviewed November 13, 2009 ARTICLE »

2004 Hallcrest Santa Cruz Mountains Barrel Select Pinot Noir

437 cases, $35. · A strikingly good wine with a bold style, but a very sexy, velvety mouth feel. Reviewed April 1, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 Hallcrest Terra Serena Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

166 cases, $35 From one of the oldest and one of the few dry farmed Pinot Noir vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. · Very floral and more elegant in fashion, this is one fine Pinot. Reviewed April 1, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 Hallcrest Vineyards Barrel Select Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $35 · A blend of three top vineyards. Mahogany tinged color. Drinks like an aged Pinot Noir. Aromas of blackberry, raisin, allspice and leather. Tasty subtle darker fruits with spice and brown sugar. Soft, smooth, and light on its feet, the wine is showing nice mature features. Reviewed May 7, 2008 ARTICLE »

2004 Hallcrest Vineyards Barrel Select Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

437 cases, $35. Veteran winemaker John Schumacher crafts multiple exquisite Pinot Noirs from purchased grapes. This wine is a vintner’s reserve from special barrels. · I have tasted this wine previously on several occasions and it has always showed well. A bold wine with plenty of showy ripe fruit, but with defining acidity and a smooth texture. A complete wine. Reviewed July 7, 2008 ARTICLE »

2004 Hallcrest Vineyards Terra Serena Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 1,980 bottles, Diam closure, $35. Unfined and unfiltered. From one of the oldest dry farmed Pinot Noir vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains, located on northwestern facing slopes of the Corralitos Valley. · Alluring aromas of ripe cherries, spice and fresh flowers. A lighter-weighted wine that is very smooth and soft in the mouth with flavors of red cherries, raspberries, pomegranates and a lovely spice accent with a touch of oak char on the back end. Juicy and bright and very satisfying. Reviewed March 15, 2009 ARTICLE »

2003 Hallcrest Belle Farms Santa Cruz County Pinot Noir

91 cases, $35. This Pinot is from a 1 and 1/2 acre vineyard in the Watsonville foothills. · It shouts strawberries and spice and everything nice. Thoroughly satisfying. Reviewed April 1, 2007 ARTICLE »