Halcon 2014 Equisito – Estate Mendocino
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The 2014 Esquisto is a co-ferment of two thirds Grenache and one third Mourvedre, blended with 5% Syrah prior to bottling. Lots of crunchy Grenache red stone fruit, the Mourvedre provides the funk and peppery spice, and that splash of Syrah brings an earthy darkness and a touch of dark chocolate notes.. This blend offers up a good more punch, structure (the whole-cluster) and depth. A clean version of an old-school Chateauneuf du Pape. 235 cases bottled unfined, unfiltered.
Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2014 Esquisto is a more Grenache-dominated blend that checks in as two-thirds Grenache and one-third Mourvedre. It’s a step up over the 2013 and offers beautiful kirsch and black raspberry fruits, spice-box, licorice and chalky minerality in a full-bodied, voluptuous and textured personality. Staying fresh and lively, it has a great mid-palate, tons of sweet fruit and a clean, focused finish. It should drink nicely on release and have 10-12 years of longevity.”