Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
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Just Tasted - Halcon Vineyards - Calling Gonon Fans

A few weeks ago a 2019 Halcon Alturas Syrah was put in a blind tasting of Northern Rhone...quite a few of us thought it was Pierre Gonon Saint Joseph.  Seems to be a common mistake, seems The Wine Advocate's William Kelley found himself in a similar blind tasting, even commenting on his Instagram "can't believe it's not Gonon...bravo".


We grabbed a few cases of these cool climate, high elevation, Mendocino wines for you to check out.  We tasted through the whole lineup today.  The Pinot Noir is old world in style, crunchy cranberry fruits.  The Esquisto is intoxicating and spicy, reminiscent of a great Vacqueyras or Gigondas.  And the Alturas is just as we remembered, a gorgeous purity of fruit that may have you thinking you've got a great Saint Joseph.


Oh, and the best part is the price!  Vinous has great reviews of these wines in past vintages.  These haven't been scored yet, but William Kelley has tried them all and posted the following notes on Cellartracker.


2019 Halcon Vineyards Mendocino County Esquisto Red Rhone Blend


"The 2019 Halcon Vineyards Esquisto is showing beautifully, bursting from the glass with aromas of pomelo, blood orange, black cherries, lavender, tapenade and subtle spices. Medium to full-bodied, rich and velvety, it's fleshy and enveloping, built around powdery tannins and lively acids. This is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah."


2018 Halcon Vineyards Mendocino County Oppenlander Pinot Noir


"Opening in the glass with notes of sweet berry fruit, orange rind, warm spices and sassafras, the 2018 Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard is medium-bodied, supple and vibrant, with an enveloping core of fruit, melting tannins and tangy, mouthwatering acids."


2019 Halcon Vineyards Mendocino County Alturas Syrah


"The 2019 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas is showing beautifully, unfurling in the glass with aromas of blackberries, tapenade, cracked black pepper, cassis and dried herbs. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, it's a layered, serious wine built around powdery, youthfully chalky tannins and lively acids. This is a fabulous young wine that would be indistinguishable in a line up of classical Northern Rhône Syrah—something to which I can personally testify."

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-The Bottle List



2019 Halcon Vineyards Mendocino County Esquisto Red Rhone Blend

Halcon VineyardsRed Rhone Blend  |  United States  |  California


   750mL $32... BUY
2018 Halcon Vineyards Mendocino County Oppenlander Pinot Noir

Halcon VineyardsPinot Noir  |  United States  |  California


   750mL $35... BUY
2019 Halcon Vineyards Mendocino County Alturas Syrah

Halcon VineyardsSyrah  |  United States  |  California


   750mL $35... BUY