Our second single-vineyard vintage of Hallberg, readily provides the depth and brilliance of fruit we have come to expect from this storied vineyard. The fruit from this vintage is Pommard clone. On the nose, cranberry, fennel pollen, and red licorice leap from undertones of cedar. On the tongue, its richness of fruit is on full display with dried strawberry, raspberry, and black plum, which are harmonized opulently by thyme and cinnamon on the finish.
The Hallberg Vineyard's uniqueness lies in the fact that it is completely farmed with no irrigation. With dry-farming viticultural practice, the grapes fully ripened at lower sugar levels leading to more complexity and heightened balance enabling the true essence of the terroir to show through the wine.
Fruit for this wine was harvested in the cold fog of a Russian River September morning. After being hand sorted, grapes were left in tank for 5 days to cold soak. During fermentation, three punchdowns per day were utilized to extract as much of the flavor and supple tannin as could be coaxed from the skins.
Food Pairing Notes
Roast beef sandwich with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and chili pepper jam