The label for the 2009 Hallovine release (shown above) was designed by artist Iva Wilcox, a San Francisco-based mixed media specialist. It incorporates a slight nod to Bacchus and an obvious Halloween flair.
My first chance to taste the Hallovine came this week, when I finally opened my 2009 Hallovine (released last year, but arrived too late to enjoy at Halloween, so I cellared it for the year, anxiously anticipating this week's tasting.)
The 2009 release is actually a 2006 NAPA Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. I opened my first bottle earlier this week. The evening was mild and I had just opened my windows to enjoy the fresh air, cool breeze and soft sounds of the rustling leaves.
Rich aromas of toasty oak, chocolate and berries swirled from my glass and tempted my tastebuds. This year's vintage was picked from the Rutherford bench of the NAPA Valley. The Rutherford bench has a growing reputation as producing the finest cabernet sauvignon grapes in the WORLD. And I'm telling you, this wine does not disappoint! It has a really delightful spiciness that is balanced by the richnes of sweet toasty French oak. Color is beautiful and intense. It is a very elegant, yet approachable wine, with a good, smooth finish. Alcohol content is 13.5%. If bottles are still available, they are in the $24-$26 range.