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 Hallberg Dijon Clones Pinot Noir is almost the antithesis of the Hallberg blend in that it flaunts spice, herbs and floral qualities before it unveils its gorgeous fruit characteristics. Complex aromas of cherry blossom, violets, cedar and bay leaves captivate the senses before the wine touches the palate. Layers of flavors unfold gradually, suggesting freshly harvested blackberries, button mushrooms, white pepper, and autumn herbs. This wine is a perfect partner to the Hallberg Pinot Noir: the Dijon Clones blend boasts savory spices and firm tannins, while the Hallberg offers succulent, juicy fruit on the palate.
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Brice Jones , Owner
Kirk Lokka, Vineyard Manager
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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