VINEYARD: Named for its previous owners, the 100-acre Hallberg Vineyard is today owned and managed by wine industry veterans including vineyard manager Kirk Lokka. Nestled in the Green Valley sub-appellation, the site enjoys refreshing daytime breezes and cool nighttime temperatures. The strong marine influence means less severe daily temperature shifts so the vines never completely shut down, producing fruit with deep, dark color, great structure, silky tannins, darker fruit flavors and earthy characteristics. The Dijon clones selected for this blend come from three different blocks flanking the east and west sides of the Hallberg ranch. The 777 and 667 clones on the west side of the ranch contribute structure, spice and earthiness, while the 777 from the east side tends to offer dense, dark fruit flavors and lovely floral aromatics.
TASTING NOTES: The Dijon Clones wine is a nice contrast to the bigger and bolder Hallberg blend, boasting more red fruit, earthiness and spice than its big brother. Aromas of brandied cherries, lavender, roasted beets, pipe tobacco and bay leaf have a mouthwatering effect followed by flavors of savory herbs, fresh mushrooms, orange blossom and just a hint of leather. This wine is showing beautifully in its youth, but the tangy acidity and firm, yet supple tannins give it plenty of aging potential.