Winery: Halleck Vineyard
Bottling: 2005 Pinot Noir Three Sons Cuvee
Sub-Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma
Estimated Retail Price: $35 – $50
Purchase Details & Tasting Source: We ordered this by the bottle during Susan’s birthday dinner. We were at Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas in Hawaii. Bottle cost: $58 – Restaurant price! Could easily be $70 – $75 on any other list.
Tasting Notes: The Halleck Three Sons Cuvee was the kind of wine you want to have on the table when you’re having fine dining asian-inspired fare like that of Hiroshi’s.
The wine had a perfumed elegance to its aroma, and with its un-heavey weight and texture, was sure not to overwhelm any of the food on the table.
On the nose were raspberry, pomegranate and mushroom. In the mouth was a firm and lively acidity that helped carry flavors of strawberry, raspberry, mineral, spice and a little herb, from beginning to end. A deceptively light wine.
Food & Context in Which to Enjoy: On the table – Chilean sea bass in a brown butter sauce, cold smoked hamachi sushi, portuguese sausage potstickers with a truffle ponzu sauce and a sous vide kona lobster tail on a black squid ink pasta. The wine worked very well with the bevy of flavors on the table, so as long as you have lighter flavored foods that’s doesn’t have the potential to overwhelm the wine, you’re all good.
Winery Background: The great thing about having a sommelier at your table side, is that they can always give you just a little more inside information about a wine that’s not always available for the consumer.
With Halleck Vineyard, our sommelier informed us that the winery sources a portion of their fruit literally, from “backyard” vineyards of private properties and homes in developed areas.
It’s great that the Hallecks were astute enough to know that the land in which these homes are situated, were once premium vineyard sources with some remnants of the vineyards still remaining. All they had to do was knock on doors and ask these gentlemen farmers if they could buy their fruit.