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Halcon 2018s

#1 Post by Dan Sch » July 29th, 2020, 5:50 am

Paul had us up to Halcon for an outside and well distanced tasting on our way out of Anderson Valley last week. Overall, it was a very different visit than in times past, but great to see and taste with a few of our favorites. Halcon was a real winner with the 2018 reds and the 2019 white.

I recently found the 2018 Roussanne to be fantastic a year after first trying it. Happy to report that the white blend of marsanne and roussanne for the 2019 bottling is great right out of the gate! Lots of stone fruit and richly textured.

The Mourvèdre 2018 was singing this time as well. Power of suggestion may have been at work, but Paul’s description of “warm berry” is better than anything I came up with. Wonderful and inviting, fruit forward without sacrificing intrigue!

Esquisto 2018: a nice showing of complementary notes from the Grenache and Syrah components (I am not perceptive enough to pull out the Mourvèdre notes). This was a bit less grippy than some of the past editions, which was welcome. The tannins are still there and chewy, just a little more giving at this early age.

Alturas 2018: already showing very well, it reminds me of the 2016 I had recently, except the fruit seemed darker and the savory component was more pronounced here. This seems to be drinking very well early on, more so than any other Alturas that I’ve tried (2014-2018).

Elevacion 2018: more restrained and inward than the Alturas. Has the beautiful aromatics that I always get out of these. The tannins are very pronounced, and the olive and pepper join in. Quite wound up, but softened and opened in the couple hours up there. Fantastic wine if it needs some time.
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#2 Post by Matt N » July 29th, 2020, 6:11 am

Thanks! Now I am tempted to open an Alturas [cheers.gif]
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#3 Post by Nate Simon » July 29th, 2020, 6:28 am

Really need to try the white blend. Love the reds.

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#4 Post by William Kelley » July 29th, 2020, 6:59 am

I'm envious!
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#5 Post by Dan Sch » July 29th, 2020, 7:12 am

William Kelley wrote:
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I'm envious!
That makes it

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#6 Post by David Ab. » July 29th, 2020, 7:48 am

Has anybody tried their Petite? Love their Syrahs just trying to see what else I can explore from Halcon
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#7 Post by William Kelley » July 29th, 2020, 7:58 am

Dan Sch wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 7:12 am
William Kelley wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 6:59 am
I'm envious!
That makes it

Me:1
William: 10,000

On the enviable events index!
[rofl.gif]

I definitely really miss tasting these wines professionally. Wish I could get them in France, as it would be fun to serve them blind to friends.
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#8 Post by Curtis Chen » July 29th, 2020, 2:42 pm

Popping an '18 Alturas this weekend. Thanks for the impressions! Great to see William is a fan, as well!
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#9 Post by c fu » July 29th, 2020, 2:43 pm

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Popping an '18 Alturas this weekend. Thanks for the impressions! Great to see William is a fan, as well!
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#10 Post by Wes Barton » July 29th, 2020, 3:19 pm

David Ab. wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 7:48 am
Has anybody tried their Petite? Love their Syrahs just trying to see what else I can explore from Halcon
Not the new one, but past vintages. Love the vineyard. It's the same style as the Syrah. I heard they've upped the whole cluster percentage, which would make it even more their style, so should be more lovely in its youth, and still age just as well. Very savory, Syrah-like other than the fruit flavors. Fantastic wine.
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#11 Post by Paul Gordon » July 29th, 2020, 8:59 pm

Dan Sch wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 5:50 am
Paul had us up to Halcon for an outside and well distanced tasting on our way out of Anderson Valley last week. Overall, it was a very different visit than in times past, but great to see and taste with a few of our favorites. Halcon was a real winner with the 2018 reds and the 2019 white.

I recently found the 2018 Roussanne to be fantastic a year after first trying it. Happy to report that the white blend of marsanne and roussanne for the 2019 bottling is great right out of the gate! Lots of stone fruit and richly textured.

The Mourvèdre 2018 was singing this time as well. Power of suggestion may have been at work, but Paul’s description of “warm berry” is better than anything I came up with. Wonderful and inviting, fruit forward without sacrificing intrigue!

Esquisto 2018: a nice showing of complementary notes from the Grenache and Syrah components (I am not perceptive enough to pull out the Mourvèdre notes). This was a bit less grippy than some of the past editions, which was welcome. The tannins are still there and chewy, just a little more giving at this early age.

Alturas 2018: already showing very well, it reminds me of the 2016 I had recently, except the fruit seemed darker and the savory component was more pronounced here. This seems to be drinking very well early on, more so than any other Alturas that I’ve tried (2014-2018).

Elevacion 2018: more restrained and inward than the Alturas. Has the beautiful aromatics that I always get out of these. The tannins are very pronounced, and the olive and pepper join in. Quite wound up, but softened and opened in the couple hours up there. Fantastic wine if it needs some time.
Dan

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#12 Post by Paul Gordon » July 29th, 2020, 9:04 pm

William Kelley wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 7:58 am
Dan Sch wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 7:12 am
William Kelley wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 6:59 am
I'm envious!
That makes it

Me:1
William: 10,000

On the enviable events index!
[rofl.gif]

I definitely really miss tasting these wines professionally. Wish I could get them in France, as it would be fun to serve them blind to friends.
William

Hopefully we can meet next year (when we are allowed back into Europe ;-) and get you some wine. BTW A&B Vintners is bring our stuff into the UK.

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#13 Post by Paul Gordon » July 30th, 2020, 4:19 pm

Wes Barton wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 3:19 pm
David Ab. wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 7:48 am
Has anybody tried their Petite? Love their Syrahs just trying to see what else I can explore from Halcon
Not the new one, but past vintages. Love the vineyard. It's the same style as the Syrah. I heard they've upped the whole cluster percentage, which would make it even more their style, so should be more lovely in its youth, and still age just as well. Very savory, Syrah-like other than the fruit flavors. Fantastic wine.
Wes

Sorry missed your post last night. Thanks for the kind words! We actually have been consistent in our Petite winemaking the last five vintages - no new oak (mainly old puncheons), 50% whole-cluster. Like all our wines - native (rogue) yeast, no racking before bottling, no fine, no filter.

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#14 Post by Max S. » July 30th, 2020, 5:39 pm

This post makes me want to visit Halcon even more.
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#15 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » July 30th, 2020, 5:49 pm

I think I have the 2018 but we may need more offers!!’

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#16 Post by Max S. » July 30th, 2020, 5:55 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 5:49 pm
I think I have the 2018 but we may need more offers!!’
Library please. Pretty please.
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#17 Post by David Ab. » July 30th, 2020, 7:32 pm

M a x S w o m l e y wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 5:49 pm
I think I have the 2018 but we may need more offers!!’
Library please. Pretty please.
+1!!
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#18 Post by Doug Uno » July 30th, 2020, 9:21 pm

M a x S w o m l e y wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 5:49 pm
I think I have the 2018 but we may need more offers!!’
Library please. Pretty please.
YES!!!

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#19 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » July 30th, 2020, 9:38 pm

Had the '18 Grenache a couple months ago. Very good, but I think best to wait at least a couple years.
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#20 Post by Paul Gordon » July 31st, 2020, 10:55 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 5:49 pm
I think I have the 2018 but we may need more offers!!’
Robert

The fall mailer goes out to the mailing list in two weeks. Includes 2019 Prado and 2018 Esquisto, Elevacion and Petite Sirah.
I am sure we will have a Berserker Day offer early next year with some 2019s.

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#21 Post by Paul Gordon » July 31st, 2020, 10:58 am

Doug Uno wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 9:21 pm
M a x S w o m l e y wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 5:49 pm
I think I have the 2018 but we may need more offers!!’
Library please. Pretty please.
YES!!!
Doug, David, Max,

We hold back very little from previous vintages. We do have some magnums though, which we will likely offer in the fall.

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#22 Post by Max S. » July 31st, 2020, 11:12 am

Paul Gordon wrote:
July 31st, 2020, 10:58 am
Doug Uno wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 9:21 pm
M a x S w o m l e y wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 5:55 pm


Library please. Pretty please.
YES!!!
Doug, David, Max,

We hold back very little from previous vintages. We do have some magnums though, which we will likely offer in the fall.

Paul
Thanks Paul! May try and pick some up at retail, thought I saw some 2015s for close to 2018 price.
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