- Pinot Noir Clones: Elite, 777 & 115
- Appellation: 100% Russian River Valley
- Harvest Date: Mid September
- Blocks: C & L
- Brix at Harvest: 24.5
- Total Harvest: 15 tons
- Yield: 2.5 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.
Blocks C and L of the Hallberg Vineyard slope gently to the southeast. They enjoy a pleasant spring, a long cool growing season and a lingering Indian summer in the fall. Overnight cool fogs burn off by late morning and daytime temperatures rise into the low 80’s. Careful canopy management and selective thinning are usually necessary to maintain maximum fruit intensity.
Hallberg Vineyard vines are densely planted on a one-meter by two-meter spacing (2,300 vines per acre), are cordon (C Block) and cane (L Block) pruned, thinned to 18 clusters per vine, watered once in the summer and harvested at night. This is an ideal farming protocol for growing intensely flavored fruit.
Clone 777 fruit is typically garnet red in color, offering a sense of terroir and structure with dark cherry and blackberry flavors, and an elegant finish. Clone 115 contributes floral and perfume-like aromas. The Elite Clone is a “suitcase” clone from Burgundy, known for its sensual textures, and deep black cherry color.