- Pinot Noir Clones: 777
- Appellation: 100% Russian River Valley
- Harvest Date: September 6
- Block: M
- Brix at Harvest: 24.2
- Total Harvest: 7.5 tons
- Yield: 2.6 tons per acre
Planted exclusively to Pinot Noir, the Hallberg Vineyard is in the heart of the Russian River Valley, along the rolling hills that stretch from Forestville to Sebastopol. This is the Cote d’Or of New World Pinot Noir.
The 2005 growing season will be remembered for its heavy spring rains. In many parts of the Hallberg Vineyard the soil was already warm, sending a signal to the vines to begin flowering. The unusual heavy rains then knocked many tiny flowers off the vines, reducing the number of clusters on each vine. In some parts of the vineyard many of the clusters were lost. We are grateful to Hallberg Vineyard for supplying clone 777 fruit from “M” block, an area that was not affected by these spring rains. A beautiful summer and fall followed this tortuous spring: overnight cool fogs burned off by late morning and daytime temperatures rose into the low 80’s.
Hallberg Vineyard vines are densely planted on a one meter by two meter spacing (2,300 vines per acre), are cane pruned, thinned to 15 clusters per vine, watered only three times in the summer and are harvested at night. This is an ideal farming protocol for growing intensely flavored fruit.
Clone 777 fruit is typically garnet red in color, offers a sense of terroir, a luscious mouth feel, dark cherry and blackberry flavors, and an elegant finish.