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Why do we love this wine?

There’s no shame in admitting you haven’t heard of Halcón before. This rising star of a cult producer from the Yorkville Highlands of Mendocino County (Mendo to locals) in Northern Cali lays claim to the highest-altitude vineyard in the region. The wind-lashed mountainous plot contains densely-planted vines grown in the same type of ancient shist soils that are found in Cote-Rôtie. Paul and Jackie Gordon, the team behind Halcón, are making arguably the closest thing to Rhône-style reds (and a bit of pinot noir) that can be found in North America (and doing it organically). These are rare wines that will reset your understanding of how much balance, nuance and complexity can come out of California wines. 

Profile

Spice
Blueberry
White Pepper
Medium-bodied
Lively
Ethereal

Alturas syrah incorporates 4% viognier into its ferment with 50% whole bunch clusters. The wine then only sees older French oak, letting the fruit speak for itself. Jeb Dunnuck’s stellar review below does a wonderful job of describing the wine.

Awards

PW Wine Review
Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Enthusiast
Cult Producer
Organic
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Specs

Region
California
Vintage
2018
Cellaring
2030
Preservatives
Sulphites
Alcohol by Vol.
13.4%
Closure
Cork
Bottle Vol
750mL
Blend Info
96% Syrah, 4% Viognier
Serving Temp.
15.0°C

Region

California