Halcon Vineyards Pinot Noir "Oppenlander Vineyard" Mendocino County 2016
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From a mostly dry-farmed vineyard in Mendocino, fermented 1/3 whole cluster with native yeast, and aged in 20% new French oak, this is a restrained take on California Pinot Noir, with warm, ripe red fruits which are especially well-integrated into the earthy, smoky texture. An added spiciness comes from the oak, giving extra structure to the concentrated palate. This is a quite serious, subtly approachable wine. A steal at the price.