2015 Halcón "Cerise Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1299951 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Wafting from the glass with notes of Griotte cherry, strawberry, rose hips and dried herbs, the superb 2015 Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard is medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered with melting tannins, lovely fragrance and a long, pure finish. It's an exceptional wine which demonstrates that Paul Gordon's hand is just as assured with Pinot Noir as it is with Syrah. Sadly, 2015 was destined to be both the first and the last vintage of Halcón Cerise, as the vineyard was purchased by Kosta Browne in the 2016 vintage. (WK)  (4/2018)

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Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2018 | Send Email
Anderson Valley is becoming one of my favorite California regions for Pinot Noir because of its cooler climate, lighter, acid driven wines. Cerise Vineyard is a special site of about 12 acres ​situated above the town of Boonville. Halcon's 2015 offering has wild strawberry, violet and earthy tones on the nose while the palate has lively acidity, silky texture and a very long finish. ​A really awesome showing from this vineyard that shouldn't be missed!

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2018 | Send Email
Halcon is a great winery making restrained, elegant styles of Pinot Noir from cooler areas such as Anderson Valley. This is as delicate and expressive as I could ask for in a Pinot. The aromas are clean, with notes of cherry, wet stone, clove and raspberry. On the palate the wine is lighter in body with very fine tannin, and a consistent sweet spice. It lingers beautifully on the palate and continues developing for a full minute or more.

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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 Spätburgunder 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.


- 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.
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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 (%): 13