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Primarily a Rhone varietal producer with an estate vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands overlooking the Anderson Valley.
The winemaker is Scott Shapley
2014 Halcón Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino County Pinot Noir
13.3% alc., pH 3.54, TA 0.52, 160 cases, $32. Vineyard is located 10 miles east of the coastal town of Mendocino and is one of the coolest vineyards in California. Dry farming and low vigor soils lead to small berries and clusters. 66% Pommard clone and 33% Dijon 115 clone. Native fermentations, no adjustments for acid or alcohol. 30% whole cluster. Aged in French oak barrels, 25% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose reminds me of a walk in a dark cave, with damp earth notes and black cherry in the background. The mid weight black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors have noticeable mid palate presence. Slightly rugged, with firm, gritty tannins and a slightly astringent finish. Score: 88. Reviewed December 1, 2016 ARTICLE »
2014 Halcón Wentzel Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
13.1% alc., pH 3.39, TA 0.53, 160 cases, $35. This organically farmed vineyard is located at 500-feet elevation on a steep, northwestern-facing hillside exposed to the cool, foggy influence of the Pacific Ocean. A blend of Dijon clones. 35% whole cluster, native fermentation, no acid or alcohol adjustment, and aged in French oak barrels including a single new Francois Frères oak puncheon (20% new oak total). Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Low aromatic interest, with very shy scents of blackberry and spice. Light, earth-kissed flavors of cherry, blueberry and blackberry. Simple, and easy to drink, with modest tannins and some finishing power. A nice wine, but not extraordinary. Score: 88. Reviewed December 1, 2016 ARTICLE »