"Sitting at an altitude of 2,500ft, this is one of the highest vineyards in California and features an incredibly cool, windy terroir that produces a concentrated, mineral, and blue fruit driven Syrah."
- Jeff Dunnuck - The Rhone Report
Located in the Mendocino appellation of Yorkville Highlands, Halcón overlooks Anderson Valley and the Pacific beyond. It is one of the highest vineyards in California. The northerly location, ocean exposure and altitude combine to produce a climate remarkably similar to the Northern Rhône region of France.
Impressed by the cool climate characteristics of wines emanating from Mendocino, we searched the Anderson Valley area for a plot of land that could generate truly world-class wine from Rhone varietals. Having found a site dominated by the same soils found in Cote-Rotie, we set out to plant a vineyard without compromise.
We are committed to the most transparent possible expression of the Halcón Vineyards terroir. Firm believers that wine is made in the vineyard, we follow a non-interventionist approach in the cellar: natural yeast, no enzyme addition, no adjustments to alcohol or acids, and the judicious use of new french oak
“Covering 15 acres planted mostly with Syrah (there’s a little Viognier, Grenache and Mourvèdre), it’s a tiny, fringe site open to the Pacific Ocean on the west which shares lots of similarities to the northern Rhône: Cool temperatures (it’s above the fog line so it sees plenty of sunshine), long hang time, rocky, schist soils, and ample daytime breezes. All of this comes through in the wines and all the releases from this vineyard have a similar cool-climate, spicy, pepperiness – as well as a graceful texture and inherent elegance – that’s reminiscent of a Côte Rôtie from the Côte Blonde lieu-dit.”