Our Sonoma Coast blend is a lively and exceptional representation of the Sonoma Coast American Viticultural Area. It leads with red fruits like pomegranate and fresh cranberry, with hints of raspberry, but delivers bright minerality and a crisp mid-palate. Rich and elegant, it finishes in white pepper, lingering for many minutes.
In the rising landscape of Western Sonoma County, once dotted with apple trees, the hills of Sebastopol are now blessed with Pinot Noir vineyards. Painted in fog during much of the late summer, the grapes keep cool during their last days of maturation. A touch of fruit, a kiss of earth; we have combined a stunning selection of vineyards to create this joy for your soul. It is a classic Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from our neighborhood.
These grapes were picked at night, hand-sorted and destemmed, then cold soaked for 5 days before going through whole berry fermentation and receiving 2 punch-downs per day. Fermentation took approximately 12 days in an open top 5 ton fermentation tank and the wine was then racked to barrels.
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Harvest Date: October, 2014
Barrel program: 20% new French Oak, 20% 1 yr., 60% older (Remond, Cadus, Magrenan, primarily). Wine remained in barrel for 9 months with one racking at 5 months during blending
TA: 6.78 g/L
Sugar: bone dry
Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
95 Points, Gold, LA International Wine & Spirits Competition
Building Community Through Wine
Halleck Vineyard, a boutique winery owned by Ross and Jennifer Halleck, produces award winning Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Dry Gewurztraminer. Of the first vineyards planted in the Sebastopol Hills in 1993, the 2001 Estate Grown Pinot Noir earned first place in the Pinot Noir Summit.
A family one-acre site, Halleck Vineyard is perched above the Russian River watershed and flanked on the west by the slopes to the Pacific Ocean. It commands an expansive view of the rolling Sonoma County hills to the northeast. This vineyard serves as a college fund for our three sons, Connor, Adam, and Quinn. Of course, a passion for Pinot leads the charge.
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2014 Halleck Vineyard Hillside Cuvée Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
414 cases, $59. · Moderately light ruby red color in the glass. Woodsy aromas dominant along with scents of red cherry and cranberry. Mid weight plus array of red and blue fruit flavors with an accent of warm spices and a definite minerality tone. Sinewy, fine-grain tannins and good follow through on the welcoming finish. Score: 92-93. Reviewed June 4, 2017
Stay at home dad, here. First time LabRatting, or telling anyone (who doesn’t know me) about wine.
The LabRat email came, and my wife was out of the country until the day after the bottle arrives….
Q: Will she (get a chance to) taste this wine?
Pretty, pink crystals on the bottom of the cork - “wine diamonds” baby!
<gets out the right glass>
Pale/medium ruby color
Big, beautiful red fruit nose - complex, not just strawberry, or raspberry, or cherry…some darker fruit in there
Ripe, red fruit up front — cranberry, raspberry — some darker fruit too, mouth watering without being too much.
Spreads nicely over palate — blueberry (?), a bit of cola (maybe?) and vanilla (adult berry coke anyone?)
There is some sort of REALLY NICE earth/mineral thing going on that I cannot figure out — leather? clay? I swished, chewed, gargled, and snarfed my way through drink after drink trying to figure this out. No dice. (Should I have been swish/spitting?)
Really sets-up nicely in the mid palate. Lingering finish with (white?) pepper.
Very dry. Overall, enough (delicate) tannin to end up very well balanced.
So, I was ordering Chinese food — <Record needles scratches…> — this stay at home dad sometimes yields to the Universe(s)? when mom is away.
Sacrilege? Nah, it paired well — especially w/ beef & broccoli and pork, but really all of it. Plenty of acid to cut though the fatty sauces and even enough structure to stand up to a touch of spice. [Aside: Would I have opened this bottle for this meal had it not been LabRatted to us?….Uh, no.…WAY too good.]
<time warp - kid in bed>
Better 1.5hr later. The more delicate floral and vanilla notes come forward with darker fruits, (black?) cherries, Just a luscious, smooth and balanced wine here, folks. YUM!
Certainly not one dimensional. Enough going on to make any Pinot lover happy, unless you demand a ton of mossy/leafy action, or just a lighter wine.
Seems a very solidly medium bodied wine to me. Substantially less oak/tannin than the Pavi Dolcetto I tried next to it (because it was open). But, not really that much smaller in overall body with everything it has going on.
We like PNs a lot. This is a very memorable one. If you’re a Pinot person who wants something special, I think this qualifies. I think it’s a steal at this price.
@chrismartin Thanks! Ross Halleck here. I’m very happy with this wine and pleased others agree. It is a personal expression of Sonoma Coast Pinot. We’ve never offered it at this price, nor on CM. Our mission is “Building Community Through Wine”. Happy to be welcomed to this community.
@kaolis Hi! Ross Halleck, here. I was born in Chicago. We just entered the Chicago restaurant scene, as Chicago recently allows small wineries to sell direct to restaurants without a distributor. We’re now served at Swift & Sons, Bellemore, Booth One and soon Blackbird and Vie. Hope you all enjoy the wine!
@HalleckVineyard Wow, didn’t know anybody was able to steer around the three tier here. Congrats! Generally the pockets of the politicians have more than enough distributor dollars in them to squash any such forward thinking liquor laws.
@schierdl@W74 However it shakes out I’m good. I mentioned 3 but 0 to 4 is fine, I’m not running out of wine anytime soon
And my messages seem to be delayed, popping up after the fact but could be me not paying attention
What timing… I wonder if there will be any winery participation here today. I am planning on being within a mile of this winery tomorrow morning around when they open. Wild Flour Bakery
Maybe they will honor this deal at the winery after I’ve had a chance to taste? This was my favorite part of wine.woot and now casemates. The opportunity to find new wineries in places you have been dozens of times. Well done @Winedavid49!
@trifecta Ross Halleck here. Welcome. We taste by appointment, so I can’t suggest you drop in. But let me know if you’d like to taste through our portfolio at 11, 1 or 3:00 and I’ll try to accommodate you. I leave for Colorado, but Jennifer is in town to host. Email me at email@example.com. Hope you can come by.
@rjquillin@Winedavid49 excellent question! I love Sonoma Coast and RRV Pinot Noir. This is right up my alley; and wish I did the Meeker mystery offer back in July - *hint *hint @LucasMeeker. I’m on the board now for 2018
@trifecta Hi Trifecta, I can tell you what I know, but reluctant to claim what I don’t. No one knows the aging potential of any wine, regardless of pedigree (wine or person). That said, we open our library wines for tasting each year at our Harvest Party in the fall. We invite our Inner Circle, our wine club, and attract 80-100 people. All have the opportunity to taste our wines from our first vintage of 2001 to current vintages. So far, all vintages are aging extremely well. Not a one has gone “over the hill”. In fact, our 2001 Estate Grown, Sonoma Coast Pinot continues to hold the highest marks of all our wines. Do the math and you might suggest this 2014 Hillside Cuvee Sonoma Coast Pinot is still a baby. But I will never make claim to its “aging potential” by throwing out a number. It’s anyone’s guess. A worthy bet, I will suggest.
I picked this up from Walgreens/FedEx drop-off 2 days ago and just tried it tonight. It is an EXCELLENT Pinot. I’m not good at describing wine tastes and smells, bit it has a great nose (not overly fruity but just really nice and slightly earthy), really nice on the palette (slight acidity), and nice finish (not overly tannin’d). I really like this Pinot. I drank it with salsa verde chicken and cilantro lime rice for dinner after resting in an open bottle for about an hour (after being in a wine chiller at 58 F for the past 2 days).