WSI94 The 2019 vintage at Halcón was very similar to the year before, with average, moderate high temperatures, and the same deep marine layer leading to very cool nights. Just like the year before, the 2019 vintage provided a very long hang-time, with the Mourvèdre picked October 26th. The difference between the two years was the crop level – 2019 gave us just 60% of the crop of 2018, leading to concentrated but still very balanced, fresh wine.
We continue to utilize 50% whole-cluster and native yeasts during fermentation, with aging in neutral French 500L puncheons. While this wine is a little weightier than the two previous vintages, there is still the peppery, floral aromatics so typical of the Halcón terroir. As John Gilman points out, this wine has the qualities of an old-school, cooler climate Bandol. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. 13.7% alc.