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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

Black Cherry
Spice
Earthy
Medium-bodied
Textured
Ethereal

While Halcón gets a lot of attention for their Rhóne-style reds, they also make some exceptional pinot noir. The Gordon’s utilise a blend of several clones, incorporating 75% whole cluster and only seasoned French oak. The red fruits are abundant in the wine, but the name of the game is texture. Think earthy, forest floor notes, coupled with smoked meats and chewy tannins that are achieved by bottling unfined and unfiltered. Antonio Galloni of Vinous offers a beautiful review below.

Awards

Vinous
John Gilman
Cult Producer
Organic
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Specs

Region
California
Vintage
2018
Cellaring
2030
Preservatives
Sulphites
Alcohol by Vol.
12.8%
Closure
Cork
Bottle Vol
750mL
Blend Info
Serving Temp.
15.0°C

Region

California