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Tasting Down the HALL

This past Sunday we entertained friends over dinner where we enjoyed two bottles of excellent wine from Hall Wines.

We started with the 2005 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. This Cab is deep red and purple in color with notes of ripe berries with a smooth berry flavor. The Cab finishes with a slightly spicy note. One of our friends felt that it had a peppery finish. Wine notes are often subjective, but we found this wine to be excellent, well balanced, and a great way to begin our time together.

The 2005 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon is noted for currant, blackberry, ripe cherry and toasty oak aromas. You may also notice nutmeg, plum and vanilla flavors in the wine. This wine is ready to drink but can also age another seven to ten years.

We also decided to open the 2008 Hall Sauvignon Blanc. Its clean taste left a lasting impression on me. This wine has a fruity finish. I could enjoy this wine on a regular basis. Hall also notes that it has a tropical fruit taste with a clean feeling. I absolutely agree and plan to buy more!

The entire Hall Wines experience is impressive. Hall is environmentally responsible for their vineyards, operations, new winery complex, internal spaces, and for their community. Some highlights include:

Hall transitioned from sustainable farming to organic farming in early 2007. They are also expecting to be certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).

The Hall facilities were built according to LEED Gold Standards of the US Green Building Council Avante-garde winemanking techniques. (LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system.)

More than twenty five percent of the energy needed to power the new winemaking facility is provided by solar panels.

In April 2008, Hall celebrated the completion of the Dry Creek Fish Barrier Removal Project. Hall collaborated with local conservation agencies to remove a barrier and stabilize the bank of the Dry Creek River. This area is vital to Steelhead Trout.

Hall is known for their offering of Cabernet Sauvignon, but they also sell a number of red and white wines.  Pricing starts at twenty dollars.  If you are looking for wines that are environmentally friendly through out the entire process, then consider this winery.

If you are interested in purchasing Hall wines, you can visit Hall St. Helena or Hall Rutherford by appointment.  If you are not able to visit the winery, you can join their wine club or order wines online.  Visit www.hallwines.com to learn more about their wines, vineyards, and much more!

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