California, United States
Tyler and Kim Elwell launched Halcyon Wines in 2013 after Tyler discovered an intriguing Cabernet Franc vineyard along the Central Coast—a varietal he always dreamed of working with. Tyler, who was raised in Santa Barbara, has since scoured the vineyards of California to find Cabernet Franc planted in a wide variety of climates and terroirs. Focusing on sustainably farmed vineyards and minimal winemaking, Halcyon highlights the versatility and range of an often misunderstood grape varietal. Cabernet Franc takes center stage in all it’s forms – white, red, and bubbly. Kim has worked to express the energy and tone of these unique wines through artful labels and playlists of songs that pair with the wines. Together the Elwells combine their deep-rooted love of wine and California, bringing you a nouveau take on California Cabernet Franc.
The head trained Cabernet Franc vines of the Camino Alto Vineyard have been lovingly tended by the same family for the last 40 years. An incredibly unique site in the Sierra Foothills it has offered us one of the most beautiful expressions of Cabernet Franc that we have come across yet.
Contra Costa County
A delightfully surprising white wine made from 100% Cabernet Franc, the Halcyon Blanc of Cabernet Franc is incredibly fresh, fragrant, and versatile. After years of extracting a slight orange color from Cabernet Franc when trying to make rosé, Tyler decided to go rogue and just press the skins directly. The result was a clear and brilliant white wine that has quickly become a favorite.
A light red blended from two vineyards, this Cabernet Franc is emblematic of a “glou glou” style, with low alcohol, very little tannin, and pops of juicy red fruit character.
In his 15 years of winemaking experience, Tyler climbed his way up the ladder (and the California coast), as a cellar rat in Santa Barbara in the early days to Assistant Winemaker at Paso Robles’ prestigious Tablas Creek to most recently earning an Executive MBA in Wine Business from Sonoma State University.
Kim Ewell is a PR and marketing expert with nearly a decade of experience serving celebrity, hospitality, and food/wine clients throughout the Bay Area and beyond—most notably managing Bob Weir's (Grateful Dead) recording studio, TRI Studios in Marin, California. Kim works full-time as Account Director for The James Collective, a boutique PR and marketing agency based in wine country and New York City.