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2016 Halcon Vineyards Esquisto

Red Rhone Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Yorkville Highlands
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Community Tasting Notes 17

  • klezman wrote:

    November 14, 2021 - Dark, brooding, delicious, peppery.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • thalver wrote:

    June 5, 2021 - Popped and poured, initially pretty tight this took a good hour or so to open up. After doing so, nice balance, enough acidity and structure to serve as counterpoint to the flavors. Like many grenache-based wines, I think I preferred this young.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • td1836 wrote: 88 points

    March 12, 2021 - Nose is earthy and rustic, with herbs and black fruits. The palate is a mix of barely ripe dark fruits with stem flavors, fairly high acidity, and tannins that are very present on the finish. This is bordering on not enough fruit for me.

  • VinoPKM wrote:

    February 28, 2021 - Where last bottle was not drinkable... this one was. Not my style and similar notes to Cris... the juice is fighting itself in the bottle and a harsh wine.

  • WetRock wrote:

    November 27, 2020 - This version shows quite young. The stem inclusion is still showing strongly on the nose. A bit green actually in the way of pepper and veggies on the nose. Astringent tannin on the palate. The fruit is ripe, berry compote. Over a couple nights this all relaxes and shows more integration than it does when initially popped. The tannin sticks strong. I'm not certain the fruit has the backbone for much development but I would like to see that stemmy tannin relax more. Going to leave the other bottle alone a few more years. Drinks nice now but decant roughly.

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    North Coast Part 1: Napa Valley's Incredible 2016s, 1/31/2019 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2019, Issue #79, Recently-Tasted American Wines (And A Few New World Friends) February 2019

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    Sonoma & Napa Valley Supplement 2018 (Jul 2018), 7/18/2018 (link)

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    Brilliance From Sonoma, 6/5/2018 (link)

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    Halcon Vineyards: The Côte Blonde of California…, 7/18/2017 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Halcon Vineyards
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation Esquisto
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Yorkville Highlands

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  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 145 (57%)
  • Consumed 107 (42%)

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