In 1980, Ross Halleck founded the marketing agency, Halleck Design Group, to assist such Silicon Valley technology giants such as Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems. Halleck later enlisted clients in the Northern California wine industry such as Beaulieu, Iron Horse and St. Supery. Drawn by the allure of the wine business, he moved to Sonoma County in 1991 with his wife Jennifer and their three sons, Connor, Adam and Quinn. Buoyed by Jennifer’s experience and interest in winemaking and wine retailing and the couple’s shared passion for wine, they planted a 1-acre Pinot Noir vineyard behind their home in the hills in southwestern Sebastopol in 1992 and 1993, with the intent to set aside profits from this vineyard to help fund their three sons’ college educations. Planted to Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777, this vineyard was first harvested in 1999. The grapes were sold in 2000 and 2001 to Tandem Winery, with the first Estate Pinot Noir under the Halleck Vineyard label appearing in 2002.
From the producer: The garnet color is jewel-like in its transparency, color and brilliance. The wine leads with aromas of cherries, including a hint of clove, cinnamon, pepper. The wine delivers with a full-frontal assault of delicious fruit, yet still manages to be delicate and refined. The red fruit combines with the spice, then delivers an earthiness, reminiscent of a forest floor, on the mid-palate that fills the mouth. There’s a long lingering finish of both black and white pepper, trailing with fruit notes.