2016 Halcón "Tierra" Yorkville Highlands Petite Sirah

SKU #1357477 93-96 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2016 Petite Sirah Tierra Theopolis Vineyard is another straight up fabulous barrel sample from Paul Gordon. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by gorgeous notes of black raspberries, lavender, flowers, and honeysuckle. Perfumed, elegant and already surprisingly forward, it still packs tons of fruit and richness on the palate, with vibrant acidity and a great finish.  (7/2017)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is raucous and rawboned, exuding a powerful black-pepper aroma and a mouthcoating palate of beef, pepper, singed rosemary and blackberry. Owing some of its wild character to the use of 50% whole-cluster fermentation, the wine is medium to full in body, quite tannic and bone dry. It’s not for the faint of heart, but the adventurous will love it. *Editors’ Choice* (JG)  (12/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Petite Sirah Tierra from Halcón is a lovely example of this quintessentially Californian variety, wafting from the glass with aromas of rosemary, sage, crushed currants and wild plum. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, richly tannic and succulent, with a long, sappy finish. Paul Gordon has managed to avoid Petite Sirah's proclivity to overbearing structure, as well as capturing wonderful chaparral-like aromas and flavors (California's answer to herbes de Provence?) to complement the wine's rich fruit. At 14.1% natural alcohol, this is the highest octane of Halcón's offerings, but it retains excellent balance. (WK)  (4/2018)

92 points Vinous

 The 2016 Tierra (Petite Sirah) is another super-expressive wine from Halcón. Game, black pepper, smoke, lavender, menthol, licorice and wild cherry notes give the 2016 layers of nuance that inform its distinctive personality. There is lovely depth, texture and pedigree in the 2016 Tierra, a wine that will drink well for a handful of years or more. (AG)  (7/2018)

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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.


- 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.