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2018 Halcon Vineyards Esquisto

Red Rhone Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Yorkville Highlands
Drink between 2022 - 2030 (Edit)
CT91.8 28 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 15

  • Rieslingfan wrote:

    December 18, 2021 - Cold, rainy night, so I am making a hearty, warming dish, and this seemed like the right wine for the situation. It has so much character, from crunchy red fruit to delicate spice and then an earthy/leathery finishing note that rounds it out. When I had my first bottle I likened it to ESJ Rocks & Gravel. I think this wine has a brighter acidic spine, but there’s a similar sensibility to the two.

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  • LindsayM Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 7, 2021 - This pretty much sums up this wine , a review from Wine enthusiast , and I agree with their 94pt rating ,Interestingly they say best from 2024 , I’m enjoying it now

    Esquisto is the Gordon’s take on the famous Southern Rhône GSM, but with a bit more M than S in this one. It’s 70% grenache, 20% mourvedre and 10% syrah, and the winemaking utilised 40% whole clusters, native yeast and only seasoned French oak. Wine Enthusiast Magazine put Esquisto as #28 in their Top 100 Cellar Selections with the raving review found below.

    “Arresting raspberry and rosemary aromas lead to lip-smacking, fresh crushed-berry flavors in this medium- to full-bodied wine made with an unusually high 40% of whole clusters. Its moderate tannins and good acidity lift the gorgeous fruit flavors nicely. Best from 2024.”

  • axz055 Likes this wine: 91 points

    November 25, 2021 - Thanksgiving dinner wine. Berries, vanilla and a hint of spice on the nose. Ripe dark fruit, some herbal notes, and peppery spice on the palate. Medium body, soft to moderate tannins, medium plus acid, medium to long finish with dark fruit. Really nice Rhone style wine.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • NickA Likes this wine: 91 points

    November 13, 2021 - Decanted about one hour. Seemed very much like the younger brother of the 2014 Gigondas we drank immediately before this one: ripe red fruit, a touch of game, that bit more punch (from its youth) and spice (from the higher % of non-Grenache in the blend). Fresh and herbal, and ready to enjoy - although will likely improve a little as the corners smooth off.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Cabfrancophile wrote:

    October 17, 2021 - Consistent with prior impression, I like this, but it's not an epiphany wine for my taste. Very Cotes du Rhone--raspberry & chaparral, fruit driven, bold but not oaky or jammy. There is a sort of rustic character, just in terms of the winemaking being very straightforward, in my opinion--shows a bit of warmth and whole cluster character.

    Plenty of primary character and structure, so no rush to drink these. Tannins felt less imposing than the prior bottle.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type Red
  • Producer Halcon Vineyards
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation Esquisto
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Yorkville Highlands

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (3%)
  • In Cellars 242 (69%)
  • Consumed 98 (28%)

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