Tasting Notes

Hallberg Ranch

Hallberg Blanc

Pinot Hill

Ruby Ruby


2018 Hallberg Ranch

With perfect weather during budbreak and bloom, the 2018 vintage at Hallberg Ranch yielded a robust crop and deliciously fruitful wines. The wine brimming with fresh aromas: fresh picked wildflowers, fresh plum, fresh strawberry and fresh cherry notes dance above the glass. This wine is equally exciting on the palate, with sweet tanninsand an underlying acid-driven energy framing the lush red berry, blood orange nectar and marzipan flavors. Though there is an idyllic youthful bloom to this captivating wine that makes it hard to resist now, it has the structure and stuffing to promise a long, fascinating evolution. 

750mL bottles

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2017 Hallberg Ranch

Featuring all 11 clones of Pinot Noir planted at our Hallberg Ranch, the 2017 is dazzlingly complex. In the glass it unfurls to reveal gorgeous layers of red, black, and blue fruit, as well as fascinating notes of fresh flowers, sweet spice, rising dough, and fresh-baked pie crust.

Magnum bottles

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2016 Hallberg Ranch

Our 2016 Hallberg Ranch Pinot is pure, elegant, layered and complex. Its purity and elegance come from our unique dry-farming methods, which allow the grapes to develop beautifully full flavors without becoming overripe. At the same time, because Hallberg Ranch has been thoughtfully planted with 11 different clones of Pinot Noir throughout its various vineyard blocks, there is a lovely layered complexity to the wine that is only accentuated by the fact that we harvest over a four-week period. As a result, each clone provides unique flavors and textures to the final wine. 

Our 2016 Hallberg Ranch is reminiscent of a warm black cherry tart dusted with cinnamon. There are hints of caramelized sugar and freshly toasted almonds. The wine is driven by dark spices and earth, with a sturdy frame from fine-grained tannins. All of these elements seamlessly combine to create the distinctive wine that is Hallberg Ranch. 

Mini 375mL bottles ~ Magnum bottles

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2015 Hallberg Ranch

This vintage is the most serious and concentrated with intense colors and flavors; something we have come to expect and appreciate as a result of our dry farming practices. This wine has the signature cranberry, sour black cherry and dried orange rind aromas, complimented by lightly toasted nuts and licorice. Driven by black spice, earth and a hint of fresh tea leaf, the flavors of the many clones and blocks reveal themselves in multiple layers. The 2015 Hallberg Ranch is gorgeous now and will reward those who are able to wait.

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2014 Hallberg Ranch

This vintage from Hallberg Ranch is very much in line with the past years, with the signature floral character of the vineyard showing prominently. It is medium bodied with more acidity than tannins, reminiscent of the 2012 vintage but lighter on its feet with fresh blueberry and cranberry complimented by pepper and warm spices. The wine is bright and charming, marrying Russian River Valley fruit with the elegance of the old world.

750mL bottles

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2013 Hallberg Ranch

Hallberg Ranch shows both an extroverted and introverted nature. Cool fruit and spice shape this medium to light bodied wine. This vintage possesses finesse and power with layers of berry, forest floor, and oak spice, gracefully gifting it with new world qualities and a character reminiscent of old-world charm.

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2012 Hallberg Ranch

2012 was a wonderful growing year and a bountiful harvest for Emeritus. Very little frost and warm spring temperatures made for optimum bloom time conditions. Because of the large crop and dry farming, the berries remained small. Excess clusters were thinned in a series of passes to achieve balance of fruit to canopy. The ripening of the fruit was flawless; dry farming seems to even out the maturation curve of the grapes without the dips and spikes that were seen when we irrigated our vineyards in the past. The vines ripen the grapes with lower sugar and retain acids even in a warm vintage. Mother Nature cooperated allowing time to harvest without fear of a heat spike or rain. 

This vintage from Hallberg Ranch is more extroverted in nature. The wine is characterized by a fruit outburst and mild acidity. Fresh fruit flavors of plum and cherry govern the palate with layers of spice and supple tannins. The wine is very approachable and joyful in nature. 

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2019 Hallberg Blanc

This wine comes from our two estate vineyards in Sebastopol. Pinot Hill is a cooler, steeper site producing high-acid, complex and delicate wines. Hallberg Ranch brings more textural roundness and alluring red fruit flavors to the wine. When blended together, the result is a wine bursting with fresh and youthful aromas of ripe red cherry, cherry blossom, walnuts, dried orange zest, and a little whiff of honey. The mouth has great fruit concentration, freshness, and energy. It fills the mouth without heaviness and lingers well in the back palate, making it a superb food and sipping wine. 

750mL bottles

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2018 Hallberg Blanc

In the glass, the aromas offer a decidedly nectar-like quality with notes of fresh apricot, peach juice, sun-warmed hay, as well as yeasty hints reminiscent of a young vintage sparkling wine. Though rich and textural, a seamless balance between the wine’s energizing acidity and Pinot tannins provides a lovely vibrancy to the wine that adds poise and purity to the bright, stone fruit flavors.

Magnum bottles

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2017 Hallberg Blanc

Our inaugural release of the Hallberg Blanc, this white Pinot Noir is made from juice that has been gently liberated from grapes after destemming, it has only minutes of skin contact (thus the white color). It is fermented with native yeast in a concrete tank, then transferred to barrels with all of its yeast lees for aging. The result is a pale, super aromatic and textural wine that could only come from Pinot Noir. 

The 2017 Hallberg Blanc is a beautiful pale rose gold in color. Aromas of orange blossom and white flowers mingle with a creamy custard-like aroma. The mouthfeel energizes the palate immediately with white cranberry-like acidity and a vibrant texture. Thanks to plenty of time on the lees, there is a weighty creaminess and length that is anything but typical of a white wine. This is a serious wine that, like our other Pinot Noirs, can pair with a myriad of foods and can benefit from a bit of time in the glass or decanting just before serving. 

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2018 Pinot Hill

Due to the steep hillsides and thick fog layer that blankets the vineyard, Pinot Hill has small berries and clusters. As a result, there is a depth and darkness to this wine that is mesmerizing. On the nose, brooding layers of old growth forest floor, brambly thickets, graphite minerality and sea spray mingle with voluptuous aromas of boysenberry, huckleberry and elder berry. While the deep resonant flavors are echoed on the palate, they carry themselves with a dynamic grace, framed by sweet, juicy tannins and hints of burnt orange marmalade, mahogany and roasted chestnuts. To bring these flavors into perfect focus, we recommend decanting this wine. 

750mL bottles

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2017 Pinot Hill

The fact that this vineyard is cloaked in fog most of the day, and buffeted by ocean winds in the afternoon, makes perfect sense when you smell and taste the resulting wine. Layers of dried mint, moss, lemongrass and salty air provide cooling notes that contrast a core of dried currant and cranberry. Like ice crystals in your mouth, the palate is at first dense and crunchy, before melting away to a long, flowing finish.

Magnum bottles

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2015 Pinot Hill

Pinot Hill is an evocative beauty! As this vineyard matures it captures the essence of its rugged and windy terrain. This wine walks a fine line between sweet and savory, delicate and muscular. Aromas of small dark fruits, dried flowers, sweet hay, sage and essential oils burst out of the glass. The mouth feels simultaneously thick and compact while also being smooth and elegant. It’s like having two wines in one which makes it incredibly versatile with a variety of cuisine. This will be a very long-lived vintage!

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2014 Pinot Hill

The 2014 growing season began early with a warm and dry spring. We were fortunate to have a moderately mild summer with foggy mornings, which delayed ripening. Once it was time to harvest there was no break in the picking. Our Pinot Hill this year shows the delicate character of this vineyard with layers of bright fruit and spice complimented by tantalizing acidity. The wine is more extroverted than the previous vintage bursting with pepper, sandalwood, and eucalyptus with strawberry, cranberry and mint flavors. The fine grain tannins give this wine its delicate structure. This wine will age graceful for years to come and is wonderful today (though we suggest decanting if possible).

750mL bottles

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2013 Pinot Hill

Inaugural vintage! Pinot Hill is the first place the fog rolls in from the ocean and last place for it to burn off in the afternoon. It is the coolest site for Emeritus, cloaked with fog for most of the day during the growing season. It is also notable for the steep hillside it is planted on. Our Pinot Hill vineyard grows the smallest clusters and berries of Pinot Noir we have ever seen!

The wine from this vineyard is the most feminine of our estates, and possesses the leanness, elegance, and fine tannins expected from this foggy and windy hillside. The backbone of this wine is spice with bright red fruit (more cherry and raspberry) coming through, overlaid with peppery, clove, and bay leaf notes.

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2020 Ruby Ruby

A heady aroma fog of sweet white flowers, mandarin oranges, and honey-melon syrup billows from the glass as soon as you pour the 2020 Ruby Ruby. The aromas lead you to believe that the wine will be sweet, but it isn’t, and the mouth has just enough tension from a hint of bitterness to make it refreshing and thirst quenching. I can’t wait to drink this wine when the weather warms up a bit. Oh, and the color! It practically gives off light! 

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2019 Ruby Ruby

Made using the saignée method, our 2019 Ruby Ruby captures the delicate and delicious purity of perfectly grown Pinot Noir. From its beautiful salmon hue to its sweet aromas of sugar-dusted strawberry candy and watermelon sorbet, it is a sleek and radiant wine that is perfect for lazy days on the front porch or at the beach.

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2018 Ruby Ruby

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2017 Ruby Ruby

We make our Ruby Ruby using the traditional saignée method, where juice is drawn from the Pinot Noir tanks after the first day of cool pre-fermentation skin contact. While the winemaking is traditional in method, the end result is anything but; that’s thanks to the intensely flavored Pinot Noir fruit from our Hallberg Ranch. After just one day of contact with the skins, our high acid juice is packed with the precursors that eventually reappear in the finished wine as essence of blood orange, lychee, melon candy, and white flowers. One day of skin contact is enough to ensure that the mouthfeel is lively, juicy, and quenching

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