Lot #19 EMERITUS VINEYARDS

HALLBERG À LA HAGUENAU

Pinot Noir
  • Hallberg Ranch Vineyard
  • Russian River Valley

2021
5 CASES

ABOUT THE WINE:

Planted two decades ago to the Pommard Clone of Pinot Noir, the prized B Block of Hallberg Ranch features some of the oldest vines at the vineyard. Dry farmed and grown in deep soils, these vines have root structures that go as deep as 20 feet in search of water, yielding remarkably complex and concentrated wines with profound terroir-driven character. “Hallberg à la Haguenau” is the first single-block, single-clone Pinot Noir made from these cherished vines.

During a visit to Burgundy in 2019, acclaimed Winemaker Dave Lattin worked with renowned third-generation cooper Frédéric Rousseau and Christophe Naulot, a coopery partner of Tonnellerie Rousseau, to source prized oak from the Haguenau Forest in northeast France to create a special light toast hybrid barrel. After evaluating the extraordinary fruit from the cherished old vines of the B Block in 2021, Dave selected this new oak barrel as the ideal vessel for aging the rustic, deep-fruited Pommard Clone. Hallberg Ranch is ideally situated in the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley, which is the coolest, foggiest region in the valley. With Goldridge soil and clockwork fog, Hallberg benefits from cool-to-moderate daytime temperatures, and nighttime temperatures often below 50° F, which ensure that the grapes ripen slowly while retaining the crucial acids. As in Burgundy, Hallberg Ranch is dry farmed and the blocks feature close spacing, to enhance overall fruit concentration.

The result is “Hallberg à la Haguenau,” a beautiful wine that is both sensual and cerebral, with supple, velvety tannins, deep layers of dark-berried fruit and nuanced hints of fresh wood sap and spice. Throughout, the oak is seamless and sophisticated, framing the wine’s generous fruit and acidic tension with grace and precision, while drawing the flavors to a warm, resonant finish.

WINEMAKER(S): David Lattin

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: August 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: September 2023

National Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, IL, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, WA, WI, Washington, DC

International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.

A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.