Halleck Vineyard Russian River Valley
Ross Halleck produces a number of brilliant Pinot Noirs as well as very good Sauvignon Blanc and a particularly unusual and very striking, minerally Gewürztraminer. The first vintage was in 1999. His home vineyard is tiny just 0.4ha (1 acre) planted solely to Pinot Noir and although not tasted the wine produced is likely to be of at least a similarly high standard. The second Pinot Noir Three Sons Cuvée is sourced from a number of carefully selected sites and with both components tasted out of barrel and tasted from bottle the wine offers an impressive mix of dark, spicy fruit, a lovely savoury character and an impressive underlying minerality.
A further example, Hillside includes a small proportion of estate fruit. The piercingly pure Sauvignon Blanc is fermented in a combination of stainless steel to preserve its fresh character and neutral oak to add depth and structure. It offers a fine mix of green, gooseberry fruit with a nice mineral core. The Gewürztraminer is subtle and restrained when compared with many Alsatian examples but there is a really impressive underlying richness and viscosity. The whites will develop well with a little age, the Pinots deserve a little more patience. (DM)
To find out more about Halleck and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to California North Coast..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)