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HALCON Pinot Noir  "Oppenlander Vineyard"  Mendocino 2016

Retail Price: $35

Value Rating: 5.2

Wine Factor: 2
Date Posted: January 2, 2019
Cases Produced: 120

Scores & Value Ratings Explained

DDWA Score: 91

Hall of Fame Value


It’s doubtful you will happen upon Oppenlander Vineyard. It’s in, or part of, the census-designated place (step below town) of Comptche, 12 miles from the Pacific and 25 mile drive from the nearest town, Mendocino. Yes, it’s a cool vineyard, ideal for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that grows there, so brightness in wines from here is a given. Other factors make Oppenlander Pinots, the ones I’ve had anyway, denser and more earth-driven than most from cool coastal vineyards. The clay-loam soils and exceptional sun exposure has something to do with that. Sum-up: I dig Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noirs. Yet to have one I didn’t like. A lot.

Halcón just lets it happen. Native yeast ferment, part whole cluster, small % new French oak, unfined unfiltered. 5 barrels made. Tastes like plums, berries and cherries of course plus musk, cigar wrapper, cola and more. Plenty of acidity but not really tangy. Mouth-filling, fine tannins, great concentration (result of tiny 1 ton/acre yields in 2016). Halcon wines are notorious “bargains” in the California fine wine world. This is a bargain among bargains.

Halcón Pinot Noir Oppenlander 2015 is on my “Best of the Best” list of Awesome and Hall of Fame value wines.

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