Driven by a love of the ethereal wines of the Northern Rhone and impressed by the cool climate characteristics of wines emanating from Mendocino, we searched the Anderson Valley area for a plot of land that could generate truly world-class wine from Rhone varietals. Having found such a site, a site dominated by the same schist soils found in Cote-Rôtie, a windblown, cool mountaintop with a view to the Pacific, we set out to plant a vineyard without compromise.

We first met Scott Shapley during his successful tenure as assistant winemaker for Siduri/Novy. Our relationship grew after two vintages of wine production at the Crushpad in San Francisco, where Scott was head winemaker. His patient education of novice vitners was much appreciated! After the Crushpad, Scott assumed his current role as the winemaker for critically acclaimed Roessler Cellars. Scott shares our vision of natural winemaking. His rigorous attention to detail will ensure the finest expression of Halcón vineyards.

Many generous and knowledgeable people helped us in this pursuit. Wells Guthrie, owner of Copain Wine Cellars, was our partner in the vineyard development. Wells holds a long-term lease on three acres of Halcón Vineyards and we look forward to many decades of collaboration.

We have been fortunate to have the support and advice of many generous friends in the industry; Justin Smith of Saxum, Carole Meredith and Steve Lagier, and Mike Officer of Carlisle.

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