The New HALL St. Helena Featured in the Napa Register
"Halls completing ambitious winery in St. Helena"
“We wanted to create a warm and friendly place where visitors could really enjoy Napa Valley and our wines,” Kathryn Hall said. The Halls were driven by a desire to make some of California’s best wines, a love of art and architecture — and a sense of history. Read the full article here. Article by Paul Franson.
Look for the 2008 HALL "Exzellenz" on the cover of the May 2013 Wine Enthusiast Magazine!
The folks at Wine Enthusiast chose our 2008 "Exzellenz" as an example of wine from the Rutherford subappellation and had this to say about the wine:
"Made from 100% Cabernet, this shows the tremendous richness and concentration of previous vintages of this wine, which was aged in 90% new French oak. Huge and flashy in cherry, blackberry and raspberry fruit, gorgeous, sumptuous, fat, although purists will insist it’s too much of a good thing. Hard to predict its longterm future, but the next six years are assured. 92 POINTS."
The 2008 "Exzellenz" is long sold out - your best bet to gaining access to future vintages is by becoming a Member of the HALL Wine Club.
HALL Napa Valley Cabernet makes it to the top of Wine & Spirits' List!
In the Wine & Spirits annual restaurant poll issue which reports on America's most popular restaurant wines, the HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon came in at #10 of most popular Cabernet Sauvignons! It goes without saying that we are thrilled to be included in this year's Wine & Spirits "Top of The List" Issue. You can get the latest vintage of HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in our online store.
Robert Parker's Annual Wine Review are out, and Antonio Galloni had some great things to say about the upcoming 2010 wines!
"Once again, I tasted a large number of wines from Hall this year. The 2010s are off the charts... A meticulous approach to vineyard and cellar work, including organic farming, native fermentations and malos, and the avoidance of fining and/or filtration informs wines of true pedigree and personality. The Hall wines are unapologetically big, powerful and exceptionally well balanced." -Antonio Galloni
94 - 2010 HALL "Stags Leap" Cabernet Sauvignon
96 - 2010 HALL "Howell Mountain" Cabernet Sauvignon
94 - 2010 HALL "Jack's Masterpiece" Cabernet Sauvignon
95+ - 2010 HALL "Ellie's" Cabernet Sauvignon
92 - 2010 HALL "Diamond Mountain District" Cabernet Sauvignon
94+ - 2010 HALL "Bergfeld" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon
94 - 2010 HALL "Kathryn Hall" Cabernet Sauvignon
Make sure you are on the HALL Mailing list so you don't miss out on these 2013 releases!
Must Try Wines 2013: HALL Wines Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Reviews (published 12/17/12)
Tony Brueski, Host/Judge of Travel Channel's Destination Showdown, and editor of NewTasteToday.com has really made us blush!
Drink Time: Holiday Cocktails
2008 HALL Napa Valley Merlot featured on Holiday Cocktails segment on FOX CT (air date: 12/7/12)
Watch the Drink Time: Holiday Cocktail segment on FOX CT.
ALISTER & PAINE: The Digital Magazine for 21st Centruy Executives
Napa’s Wine of the Week: 2009 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon
HALL Wines employs organic small-vine viticulture, precision winemaking, wild yeast fermentation and micro-block blending to craft extraordinary artisan wines.
Kathryn and Craig Hall might have, quite possibly, the best love story of all time. He was an entrepreneur and investor—she was the US Ambassador to Austria. Both shared a love of wine and Napa Valley, and after they moved the family to Vienna where Kathryn served under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush they returned to Napa in 2002. Craig and Kathryn reignited their passion for the vineyards and wine industry and set out to make world-class Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the finest vineyard sites and appellations in Napa. It’s a love story for the ages…a love for each other and a love for the historic vineyards they harvest each year.
All great wine starts with the land. In 2005, the Halls unveiled a state of the art winery amid the legendary Sacrashe Vineyard dedicated to making single vineyard and limited-production wines. Each HALL estate vineyard was strategically chosen for its elevation, micro-climates and soil type.
The vineyards stretch from ancient riverbeds on the valley floor to sun-drenched hilltops, encompassing more than five hundred acres of classic Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc.
Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.
– Paulo Coelho
The philosophy at HALL Wines is that the most important moment for wine comes at the time the vineyard is planted. Everything is important in the decision making process: rootstock, variety, row and vine spacing, trellis, row direction, soil, irrigation, etc. Farming organically requires that they spend more time in the vineyard monitoring the vines and that additional care and nurturing translates to better wine.
As little manipulation as possible allows the true character of the wines to show through. HALL encourages natural fermentation (alcoholic and malolactic) which are carried out by the yeast and bacteria that are present in the vineyard. In addition, all of the wines they produce are unfined and unfiltered. Each of these techniques allows the wine to have more texture, richness, and depth. The concentration of flavor is really evident in each wine, and allows the winery to stand out in a crowd.
The 2009 ‘Kathryn Hall’ Cabernet Sauvignon is HALL’s signature wine, named for founder Kathryn Hall. It was just released to the public in September of this year, so you better stock up quick…there’s already a waiting list. The mountain fruit and extensive French Oak barrel aging lends exquisite aromas for the lucky imbiber: dark chocolate and baking spices, freshly ground coffee beans, ripe plums, bing cherries, and wild sage reminiscent of the high altitude vineyards above Napa. The nose develops over time and intoxicates the senses. If you can pull your nose away from the glass for just a minute and take the first taste, you’ll instantly recognize the dark, ripe, extracted flavors and the lasting sensation of sweet oak barrels and full bodied tannins.
This luscious wine is dense and intoxicating with a sweet, focused core. The concentration will allow it to age beautifully for at least a decade…but anything too far past that and you start to lose some of those beautiful bursts of fruit. While primarily made from Cabernet Sauvignon, the final blend is a ‘melange’ of the best grapes and wines they produce each year. The backbone is superb Cabernet that comes from their Sacrashe Vineyard consisting of coveted volcanic ash soils. Here, grapes achieve optimum ripeness and develop unique flavors and a silky texture that feels oh so smooth going down.
Some wines you drink, some you savor. This is the latter.
Craig and Kathryn on HALL on PBS' CEO (Air date: 6/29/2012)
Craig and Kathryn Hall discuss their varied exciting business ventures, from crafting award-winning wines in Napa Valley, to building a vast office park in Frisco and the creation of the Hall Arts Center in Dallas' Arts District.
Watch The Halls, Hall Financial Group & HALL/WALT Wines on PBS. See more from CEO.
People to Know: 10 Questions with Ambassador Kathryn Walt Hall, Proprietor of Hall Wines with Pamela Sorenson (Pamela's Punch)
Pamela: You grew up in a family which made wine. Not a lot of people can claim this experience. Tell us what that lifestyle was like and perhaps a fond childhood memory.
Kathryn Hall: I grew up in a family that made wine, but just as important, enjoyed wine. I cannot recall a holiday, birthday, baptism, or in fact any event when wine was not a part of the celebration. As children the wine was only a few drops in a large wine glass of sugar water, but we enjoyed the ritual all the same. Wine is for me something wonderful to drink and enjoy, but it is most of all associated with the joyful experiences of spending time with friends and family.
To read the complete interview, go to Pamela's Punch