2014 Halcón "Tierra" Yorkville Highlands Petite Sirah

SKU #1272630 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A 100% varietal wine, the 2014 Petite Sirah Tierra comes from the Theopolis vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands (this was previously used by Carlisle and is close to Paul's Halcon site) and was aged in 25% new French oak. It sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as terrific notes of black and blue fruits, tobacco leaf, licorice and chalky minerality. Rich, textured and full-bodied, with beautiful purity of fruit, it has enough texture and richness to shine even today, but I suspect it will evolve for 10-15 years. 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)

K&L Notes

Halcón Vineyards is certainly not a household name in wine at this point but that may change very soon. To us here in the K&L Domestic Department they have been on our radar since we first tasted their 2009 vintage a number of years ago. That first wine we tasted, the 2009 Alturas, was like a slap in the face. We taste so many new wines every year but so few actually make you instantly pay attention and look at what is really there. Ever since we've been wildly intrigued and supportive of this high elevation vineyard in the burgeoning area of the Yorkville Highlands and look forward to tasting the wines year in and year out. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2016 | Send Email
The 2014 Tierra Petite Sirah is one of the most drinkable and accessible Petite Sirahs I’ve tasted all year. Velvety, aromatic, slick and with incredible tannin management, this is just a delicious wine for both fans and skeptics of the varietal. Plum, charred bread, marjoram and sweet coffee tones mesh nicely on the medium-weighted nose, leading to nice integration and, dare I say, subtlety on the palate. Driving but not heavy, this PS impresses not with its sheer force, but how it can retain force while adding some agility and lift on the palate. Add in delicious flavors of cigar tobacco, cassis, violet candy and a subtle Amaro note and this may be the best Petite Sirah I’ve tasted in 2016.

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Petite Sirah

- Once thought to be related to the Rhône's Syrah, it ends up that Petite Sirah is more closely related to the Southern French varietal Durif, which is virtually extinct in France. On the other hand, Petite Sirah thrives in California, where it is prized for its ink-dark color, rich, peppery, black-fruited tannic wine and ability to age. There is even a group passionately devoted to the varietal called PS I Love You. While often bottled varietally, Petite Sirah is also frequently blended with Zinfandel to give that wine structure, and is usually among the varietals planted in the old vine field blends of Northern California. The grape is also grown with some success is South America - Brazil and Argentina, in particular - and in Mexico.

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 gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.