June 9, 2021 Zoom wine presentation with Halleck Winery by Jennifer Halleck (Co-Owner)

No host wine reception 6:00 pm. Potluck dinner at 6:30 pm.  Announcements at 6:45 pm. Presentation at 7:00 pm.  Bring four glasses and dish to share.

Jennifer was instrumental in bringing Halleck Vineyard to life. While their first son, Connor, was an infant, Jennifer researched rootstocks at local nurseries. Stumbling upon a single line entry in the yellow pages, she met John Caldwell, who set the cornerstone for Halleck Vineyard’s success. He introduced Jennifer to the Dijon clones. During the 1992 Napa Valley Wine Auction, Ross and Jennifer tasted barrel samples of Pinot Noir from Saintsbury to discover the Dijon clones 667, 777, and 115. These were purchased from John. With the vineyard and three children underway, Jennifer delved into the wine world, which quickly became a passion. Working in the cellar at Tandem Winery with Greg Lafollette, she then moved into the tasting room at J Vineyards and Winery, followed by a job in sales representing Kosta Brown. All her experience, with her love of agriculture, confirmed that producing Halleck Vineyard wines was her calling.  She now wears many hats, among them sourcing vineyards, wine production, hosting charity events, mounds of emails and, of course, creating many great wines.  By 1999 Halleck became the first Sebastopol winery. 

 

Halleck Vineyard, known for their award-winning Pinot Noir’s, is a family journey of business partners Jennifer and Ross Halleck. “They planted the Halleck Vineyard in 1993, the very first in the hills of Sebastopol, in western Sonoma County. Intended as a college fund for their infant son, two more sons and six years later until their first harvest, this seemed a flight of fancy.”  “A one- acre site, Halleck Vineyard is perched above the Russian River watershed and flanked on the west by the slopes to the Pacific Ocean. It commands an expansive view of the rolling Sonoma County hills to the northeast. A passion for Pinot leads the charge of the Halleck wines.”  “In 2019, Halleck Vineyard was again judged “BEST OF CLASS” in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition in North America. Sunset Magazine anointed the Halleck Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc “BEST OF CLASS” in the United States, and the California State Fair judged the Halleck Dry Gewurztraminer #1 White Wine in California.”

 

2019 Little Sister Sauvignon Blanc

Best of Class & Double Gold: 2019 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition

Like a crisp, but rich Sancerre, in French style, displaying classic neutral citrus notes, with a floral earthy nose that hints of sea breeze. Bright acidity, mid-palate of flinty minerality, hints of tart passion fruit and pineapple, with lingering, yet crisp finish, representative of Halleck Vineyard. 200 cases. Russian River Valley AVA. $39/btl

 

2019 Not Your Mother’s Dry White Zinfandel

Gold: 2019 Rosé Experience

Expressive nose, full of floral notes and delicate fruit.  Bright crisp acids blend with minerality on the mid-palate, offering flavors of subtle cherry, rose petals, with hints of apricot. The refreshing finish lingers and cleanses with floral fruit. This wine you can drink with anything but is delicious on its own. 198 cases.  Russian River Valley AVA $29/btl

 

2019 Calandrelli Vineyard Dry Gewurztraminer 

99 Pts. Best White Wine, Double Gold: 2019 CA State Fair

Expressive nose of lychee, rose petals and honeysuckle.  Bright acids blend with minerality on the mid palate; flavors of lychee, rose petals, spice, a hint of grapefruit/ginger. Finish lingers and cleanses with fine spice.  Russian River Valley AVA $45/btl 

 

2017 Three Sons Cuvee Pinot Noir 750 ml  

91 Pts Somm Journal and Tasting Panel Magazines  A blend of several Pinot Noir vineyards in Sebastopol; a classic RRV Pinot with a hat-tip to Burgundy. Beautifully balanced; leads with bright cherry, delivering a mid-palate of clove, cinnamon and forest floor, and a lingering finish of black pepper. 300 cases. Russian River Valley AVA. $45/btl ==> $30.01/btl

 

2017 Hillside Cuvee Pinot Noir 

96pts & Gold: 2019 CA State Fair   95 Pts. 2018 LA International Wine Competition. This is our Sonoma Coast blend, leading with red fruits like pomegranate and fresh cranberry; delivers bright minerality and earth tones mid-palate. Finishes in white pepper, lingering for minutes. 163 cases. Sonoma Coast AVA. $45/btl 

 

2017 Clone 828 Pinot Noir 750ml 

2016 Best of Class, 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Clone 828 is a sub-variety of Pinot Noir grown in limited quantities in Sebastopol.  Delivers many layers, leading with red fruits like pomegranate and fresh cranberry. Minerality on the mid-palate, of the earth, but not earthy like our RRV wines. Rich, complex, concentrated, and brilliant in spices and fruit.  Though young, already a blockbuster, maintaining the feminine charm of Pinot Noir. 140 cases. Sonoma Coast AVA.  $69/btl ==> $46.01/btl

 

2017 The Farm Vineyards Pinot Noir

Double Gold for the 2015; 2019: Best of Class for the 2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

Garnet color, jewel like in its transparency, color and brilliance. The 2016 boasts a highly aromatic nose, showing rose petals, bing cherry, black tea and a hint of cranberry. Rich fruit tones blend with earth and minerality for great texture and structure. Notes of dark cherry, black tea and dried herbs for an elegant old-world style. The finish is long of tea and gentle tobacco, hinting of dried fruit and black pepper. Truly sophisticated and stunning! Russian River Valley AVA  $79/btl 

 

Jennifer Halleck • 707-738-8383 • jennifer@halleckvineyard.com