WSI94+ The 2019 Halcón Syrah fruit was picked October 16th, just three days ahead of the previous year. As in 2018, the moderate high temperatures and very cool nights preserved acids and slowed sugar development. Like the Mourvèdre, the crop was significantly below historical averages. The Syrah fruit came from various parcels of the Halcón vineyard, predominately the Chave selection, co-fermented with a slightly higher 5% Viognier. We again utilized 50% whole-cluster and aged the wine in neutral French oak puncheons. The low crop level led to a concentrated but still superbly balanced wine with the long hang-time giving fine tannin. The fruit is a little more upfront but still very fresh with lots of savory characteristics. It is a more open, slightly more intense version of the 2016 vintage and likely the best Alturas to date.
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.