- Pinot Noir Clones: Cruz, 777 & 115
- Appellation: 100% Russian River Valley
- Harvest Date: September 22, 26 & October 22
- Blocks: L, A & C
- Brix at Harvest: 24.8, 24.5 & 24.5
- Total Harvest: 2.4, 5.7 & 5.4 tons
- Yield: 3.0, 3.6 & 3.5 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 2006 growing season will be remembered for its Jekyll and Hyde character. For some vineyards, spring and fall rains and a July heat spell combined to create a farmers nightmare. For others, like the Hallberg Vineyard in located in the cool Russian River Valley, the fragile buds had a pleasant spring, followed by a beautiful summer and capped by a lingering fall. Overnight cool fogs burned off by late morning and daytime temperatures rose into the low 80’s allowing a near perfect harvest. The vines were therefore potentially bountiful; careful vineyard management and selective thinning was necessary to maintain maximum intensity of fruit.
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. Clone 115 contributes floral and perfume-like aromas. The Cruz clone is a “suitcase” clone from Burgundy, known for its sensual textures, and deep color.