2014 Halcón "Oppenlander Vineyard" Mendocino County Pinot Noir

SKU #1230340 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a site located just to the west of Comptche, ten miles east of Mendocino, the 2014 Pinot Noir Oppenlander (harvested on October 1st) saw 35% whole clusters and was aged in 20% new French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, with no acid or alcohol adjustments, it offers a creamy, polished, layered character as well as classic notes of black cherries, black raspberries, crushed flowers and incense. Medium to full-bodied, textured, forward and downright sexy, this is a terrific Pinot Noir that has both texture and freshness. I'd drink bottles over the coming 7-8 years, but suspect it will keep for longer. I continue to love these wines from Paul Gordon, all of which come from Mendocino County in the northern part of California. Given the quality, these wines are seriously under priced. Don't miss a chance to latch onto a few of these, as they're made in tiny quantities. (JD)  (8/2016)

93 points Vinous

 The 2014 Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard is quite expressive, with lovely red-fleshed fruit and bright, citrus-laced overtones. With time in the glass, the sweet red cherry and plum flavors become even more expressive and giving, but the brisk acidity and persistent tannins could use further time in bottle to soften. Drink this attractive, mid-weight Mendocino Pinot over the next handful of years. (AG)  (2/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 ***Editors' Choice*** A deep color, concentrated fruit aromas, and equally concentrated fruit flavors give a lot of depth to this medium-bodied and lushly textured wine. It smells like black cherries and light baking spices, tastes like rhubarb and raspberry but also has some clove and cedar notes that add complexity. It's an all-around palate-pleaser that seems to keep improving hours after opening. (JG)  (7/2016)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Sp├Ątburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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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 gew├╝rztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.3