Please The Palate Wine of the Week: Halleck Vineyard 2016 Find Your Light Pinot Noir, Sonoma

This week I opened up the Halleck Vineyard 2016 Find Your Light Pinot Noir from Sonoma. Not only am I am fan of Pinot Noir, but this particular wine supports a wonderful cause and that is why it is the Please The Palate wine of the week.

In 1993, Ross and Jennifer Halleck planted an acre of wine in the hills of Sebastopol in Western Sonoma County. In 1999 they had their first harvest and since then have been making wine with the mission of “Building Community Through Wine.” In 2015, musician Josh Groban, who had tasted the Halleck wines, called Ross and inquired about making a special wine to benefit his Find Your Light Foundation. A natural synergy, Groban has been involved in selecting the wines for the final blend of the Halleck Vineyard Find Your Light Pinot Noir which was first produced in 2014.

Find Your Light Foundation, founded by Josh Groban, is dedicated to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience a quality arts education. This is achieved through direct support of exceptional arts programs combined with education, advocacy and outreach. Music played a significant part in my education and I understand how arts education is a vital part of all education.

The Halleck Vineyard 2016 Find Your Light Pinot Noir from Sonoma is a blend of several vineyards in Sebastopol. The wine is a darker garnet color and has lovely fruit notes of dark cherry, cranberry, pomegranate and blackberry that integrate with earth, clove and vanilla notes. Smooth with soft tannins, the wine has a long finish. The wine retails for $55 and proceeds are donated to Josh Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation.