2011 Halcon "Esquisto" Yorkville Highlands Rhone Blend

SKU #1125690 90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Semi-opaque and ruby/purple in color, it has a bright, spice-laden bouquet of black cherries, spring flowers, mineral, pepper, and bouquet garni. This flows to a medium-bodied 2011 that has a pure, posed texture, integrated acidity, and solid ripeness that carries through both the mid-palate and finish. Certainly cool-climate in character, with upfront structure and not much in the way of baby fat, it will benefit from short term cellaring, and have a solid 5-8 year drink window.  (12/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright purple. A perfumed bouquet displays scents of red and dark berry preserves, potpourri and smoky Indian spices. Shows impressive energy and focus on the palate. offering sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Seamless and immediately appealing, with strong finishing spiciness, cut and silky, harmonious tannins.  (6/2013)

K&L Notes

40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 30% Syrah, grown above 2,000 feet in elevation in Mendocino County. Copain sources from this vineyard as well.

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2013 | Send Email
This is one of the most overachieving, surprising, delicious and delightful wines in the store. The Halcon comes from a site far North and the fruit is simply fantastic. Bright, peppery, crunchy red berries burst on the palate. It's far and away the best Rhone style wine I've ever tasted from California. It smokes anything from the central coast.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/3/2013 | Send Email
One of the most truly delicious wines I’ve tasted in 2013 is the 2011 Halcón “Esquisto” Yorkville Highlands Rhône Blend ($25.99). Halcón was one of the revelations of 2012; they shocked me early on with their outrageously good Syrah and this new release did nothing but fortify that burgeoning reputation. Their estate vineyard is planted in the Mendocino County appellation called Yorkville Highlands. The vineyard sits at 2,500 feet in elevation, above the fog line, on fractured shale, quartz-rich rock and mica-schist, which is a very similar soil composition to the famous Côte-Rôtie appellation in the northern Rhône. People like Wells Guthrie at Copain have already taken notice of the relatively young vineyard and are bottling vineyard-designated Syrah from there. This estate blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvèdre is wild, nervy and full of flavor, with tremendous aromatics of pithy raspberry, dried strawberry and a slight touch of cured meats. Weightless and full of energy, this is perfect for lighter meat dishes with its flavors of fennel pollen, lamb jus, black raspberry and a streak of white pepper. Rhône lovers shouldn’t miss this bottle.

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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1