Pinot Noir Hallberg Crossroads
Hallberg vineyard (Dijon clones 777). Harvest done during the night and cold fruit processed early AM, in temperature-controlled winery, hand sorted prior to stem removal and then again after stem removal. Fermented for 11 days in small open top tanks, cold soak for 5 days, wild and cultured yeasts, 3 manual punch downs daily. Aged for 11 months in 100% French oak barrels (Francois Freres, Rousseau), 40% new, 60% one and two year old barrels. 13.8% alcohol. Production: 196 cases.Hallberg Vineyard is ideally situated in the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley. This area is highly desirable for the cultivation of Pinot Noir due to its cool, breezy climate and prized Goldridge sandy-loam soils. This vineyard was developed 12 years ago by Kirk Lokka; one of Sonoma County’s most decorated and highly skilled viticulturists. His commitment has always been clear: grow the highest quality fruit possible at any cost. This is another highly important, cherished relationship of the Alysian brand.Hallberg may be the most unique and identifiable of the Alysian single-vineyard designate wines. This wine is an accurate expression of soil and place; delivering great consistency from vintage to vintage with its lavish aromas of violet and black berry, and flavor profiles focused on black cherry and plum lightly seasoned by cedar and mint. Though incredibly generous in its depth and flavor, it is the structure (brilliant acidity and finely integrated tannins) that truly completes the package. Great length in the finish of this deliciously exotic offering.
About the Producer
The Hambrecht family has been in the California wine business for over 35 years, partnering with esteemed brands like Ridge, Chalone, and Truett Hurst. Bill Hambrecht was among the first visionary business owners to open a winery on Healdsburg’s picturesque Westside Road in 1982. Belvedere Winery marked the beginning of what would become a family tradition and commitment to producing wines of the utmost quality. It’s this commitment to excellence that led to Alysian Wines. "Alysian" (of Greek origin) refers to an endeavor arising from intuitive creativity and artistic resolution.
Sourced from veteran growers and off-the-beaten-path vineyards in Sonoma County, Mendocino County, Humboldt County and as far north as Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Alysian’s multiple award-winning wines strike a delicate balance with flavor profiles that delight both connoisseurs and newcomers alike.
A note on the labels: Each label features hand illustrated flora by San Francisco based artist and Woody's good friend, Bryson Gill. These illustrations correlate to their specific wine, whether it be a flower commonly found on the Elk Prairie Vineyard, a Redwood tree in the Russian River Valley, or a Honeysuckle flower which is a note evident in the Viognier. In addition to these illustrations, each bottle is individually numbered, with the number shown on the front label. The font is taken from a Ben Franklin letter press making it an "original" American font. The labels are printed locally on a recycled paper stock. There is no capsule, to save on waste.
Woody Hambrecht's helpers, Lily and Rosemary