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.
This blend is a composition of many of the best blocks on this cool, foggy vineyard site,
which include clones 667, 777, 828, Pommard and a mysterious “suitcase” selection.
From the moment you see the vibrant ruby hue of this Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir,
you are enveloped in the essence of plump and juicy berries. Its tantalizing bouquet
of amarena cherries and raspberry gelée is underscored by beautiful dried rose
petals, spicy cloves and savory black olives. The palate unbuttons to reveal flavors
of wild berry trifle, ripe raspberries and minty eucalyptus. Its harmonious blend of
power and finesse is supported by a framework of tannin and acidity that creates a
wine perfect for both the dinner table and the cellar.
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
Brice Jones , Owner
Kirk Lokka, Vineyard Manager
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir: Planted to clones 667, 777, 828, Cruz and Pommard, planted on 101-14 and 3309 rootstock
In the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley, this vineyard site enjoys refreshing daytime breezes and cool – but not cold – nighttime temperatures. The strongly marine-influenced climate means less severe temperature shifts from day to night – good for ripening because the vines never completely shut down. The high density vine spacing (1 x 2m) promotes excellent vine balance and development of grape flavors, structure and concentration.
Deeper, darker color due to cool climate and production of more anthocyanins
Great structure from lots of fine, silky tannins (some tannin material is formed as the grape’s natural sunblock so cooler climates often produce finer, less aggressive tannins.)
Cool climate yields dark fruit flavors and aromas such as cassis and boysenberry as opposed to cherry and raspberry
Earthy characteristics also from cool climate. Hotter climates often yield more fruit-forward flavors and aromas while cooler climates instead create floral, earthy characteristics