Halcon Vineyard is located in the pristine Yorkville Highlands AVA of Mendocino County.
Perched at a lofty 2,500 feet above sea level, it is one of the highest vineyard sites in all of California. Nestled atop the eastern ridge, it offers sweeping vistas that extend over Boonville and the picturesque Anderson Valley. This elevated sanctuary rises above the fog, benefiting from the coastal winds that gently moderate the temperatures. The soil, though meager, boasts a unique composition of shale, mica-schist, and quartz. The first vines were thoughtfully planted by the original vineyard owners, Paul and Jackie Gordon in 2005. The site is very low yielding due to the vineyard’s challenging climate, persistent winds, and demanding soils.
Encompassing a compact 15 acres, the vineyard is predominantly dedicated to Syrah, with small plots of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier interwoven. This intimate, coastal site, perched on the western fringe and exposed to the Pacific Ocean, draws parallels to the northern Rhône: Embracing a climate characterized by cool temperatures (elevated above the fog line for abundant sunlight), an extended ripening period, rugged schist soils, and the caress of daytime breezes. These distinctive terroir elements gracefully manifest in the wines, endowing each release with a consistent cool-climate profile, boasting spicy nuances and a peppery edge, while exuding a graceful texture and inherent elegance.