2011 Halcon "Esquisto" Yorkville Highlands Rhone Blend
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.
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.
40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 30% Syrah, grown above 2,000 feet in elevation in Mendocino County. Copain sources from this vineyard as well.