WSI94+ As with all our other 2019 wines, the Petite Sirah experienced an extended hang-time, being picked October 21th, just five days earlier than 2018. We continue to follow our standard regime of 50% whole-cluster fermentation with aging in neutral French oak. Our most powerful version of this wine to date, with strong tannin and ample fruit. 200 cases bottled unfined and unfiltered. 13.8% alc. This is our seventh vintage utilizing fruit from the superb Theopolis Vineyard in Yorkville Highlands, a very low vigor, steeply terraced vineyard on the cool edge of ripening for Petite Sirah.
Halcón Vineyards owner Paul Gordon and his wife Jackie found their vineyard while looking at properties in Anderson Valley. They’re both originally from the UK. Gordon claims the climate and soil for his vineyard in California’s Mendocino County are nearly identical to those of Côte Rôtie. The wines are sensual with loads of flavor: dark fruit, savory, herbal reduction. It’s a magic concoction and a love potion from the roots of the land.
Located in the Mendocino appellation of Yorkville Highlands, Halcón Vineyards overlooks Anderson Valley and the Pacific beyond. At 2500ft it is one of the highest vineyards in California. The northerly location, ocean exposure and altitude combine to produce a climate remarkably similar to the Northern Rhône region of France.