Cote-Rotie meets California – 93 Pt Parker

A British couple settled in the hills of Mendocino where they found  land with schist-like Cote–Rotie soils on a windblown cool mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which would become their “estate” vineyard.   With the assistance of Justin Smith (Saxum), Crole Meredith  & Steve Lagier (Lagier-Meredith), Mike Officer (Carlisle) and Wells Guthrie (Copain) they set out to plant what has become a much regarded Rhone-varietal vineyard.  Wells helped develop and maintain the vineyard.  Under the tutelage of the great Roar winemaker (Scott Shapley) they have put some very good quality and well-priced wines on the wine map!

Halcon 2015 Syrah “Alturas” Estate, Mendocino 
Retail 33.00 – GGWC 29.99
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When you close your eyes while tasting this wine, you’d think you are in the Rhone Valley tasting some amazing Cornas – at a “value price” . The grapes were sourced from the Halcon estate vineyard  at high-elevation.  It is a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier (co-fermented).  The wine is loaded with black stone fruit, a touch of bacon-fat, olives, violets and a whiff of minerality.  The wine is full in body, lush with amazing concentration and balance as well as a touch of acidty and silky grained tannins, all intertwined on a bold, but elegant palate.

Robert Parker 93 Points: “ Harvested on the same date as the 2014 (September 19th), the 2015 Syrah Alturas saw a touch of whole cluster fermentation and a tiny amount of new oak. Its deep purple color is followed by a northern Rhone-like bouquet of blackberries, crushed rocks, peppery herbs and violets. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied Syrah that has beautiful purity, good concentration and fine tannin that show on the finish. It will have 10-15 years of overall longevity.”

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