Year in and year out, the center blocks of our Hallberg Ranch yield our most dramatic wines. Generally picked halfway through the month-long harvest, these prized blocks are the beating heart of Hallberg Ranch. In contrast to the more high-toned expressions of Pinot Noir that Hallberg Ranch is known for, this fruit is bursting with intense, dark berry flavors. For this reason, the wine stands up unflinchingly to the most flavorful barrels in our cellar. Our limited production ‘Wesley’s Reserve’ bottling honors William Wesley Jones, Brice’s father, Air Force Colonel and loving grandfather to many.
From its effusive aromas of blackberry, loganberry and black coffee to its luxurious tannic profile and lush intensity, the 2017 Wesley’s Reserve possesses all of the power Hallberg Ranch can muster. On the palate, a fleshy richness and robust tannins underscore the concentrated dark berry flavors. At the same time, there is a fascinating and mature aspect to this wine that reveals itself in layers of earthy coastal forest floor, fresh-cracked black pepper, frankincense, cedar and savory spice. Though powerful and weighty, it still displays the elegance of Hallberg Ranch, and the proud stature of the man for whom it is named.