2012 Halcón "Esquisto" Yorkville Highlands Rhône Blend

SKU #1154501 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (65% grenache, 30% mourvedre and 5% syrah): Brilliant ruby. Perfumed aromas of raspberry compote, licorice, dried rose and minerals. Juicy, spice-tinged red fruit flavors gain weight and take a turn to darker berries with aeration. Shows intense spiciness on the incisive and persistent finish, which is lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. This wine has the energy of a top 2011 from the region, but with the power and weight I associate with '12.  (6/2014)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "The 2012 Halcón Esquito comprises 65% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah all from our estate vineyard. The slightly warmer and longer vintage allowed our Southern Rhône varietals to reach a perfect level of maturity--very dark, mature seeds, fine skin tannin but retaining snappy acidity. This wine combines bright, spicy, red-fruited Grenache with a brooding, peppery, earthy Mourvedre. The Syrah pulls the pieces together and rounds out the palate. After some time in the glass it develops a tarry complexity. Aged in neutral French oak puncheons and bottled unfined, unfiltered."

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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.