Halcyon Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs

Halcyon Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs

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2018 Barsotti Vineyard Cabernet Franc

100% Cabernet Franc from Barsotti Vineyard, El Dorado AVA

Barsotti Vineyard sits at 3000’ feet in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range, farmed by the father-son team of Ron and Chuck Mansfield. The head-trained vines are planted in decomposed pink granite, truly rare soil types for the Foothills. The grapes were picked at first light on the 28th of September. I purposely let the fruit hang in the vineyard a bit longer this year to see what expression this vineyard would make with slightly riper fruit. The result is pure magic. Per usual, extremely low intervention in the cellar—half of the fruit was left cluster intact while the balance was destemmed but the berries not crushed. We lightly foot-stomped the one bin of fruit and let the native yeasts naturally ferment. With fermentation complete, we barreled down to twice used neutral French Oak barrels and let the wine age for 10 months. We could not be more pleased with the outcome. 

 

2018 Alder Springs Vineyard Cabernet Franc

100% Cabernet Franc from Alder Springs Vineyard

Located outside of Laytonville in northern Mendocino County, Alder Springs Vineyard is a magical place. On the eastern side of the coastal range, days get hot but the land cools down in the evenings and nights as it’s just 12 miles from the coast. With elevations reaching about 2500’ the vineyard sees snow nearly every winter. Our Cabernet Franc comes from the section of the vineyard called Emeral Pool South and is clone 214. We destemmed roughly 75% of the fruit and gently foot stomped all of the berries together. Due to the cool temperatures, the must was slow to natural ferment. We would move the bin outside every day to warm the must and create a better environment for the yeast to thrive. After a slow natural fermentation of eight days, we pressed the one bin and gently moved it to neutral oak barrels, elevage lasted 9 months.

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