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Wine Review: Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir

July 23, 2020

Wine Review Online published a 94 Pt review of Gary Farrell Winery’s Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016. Critic Marguerite Thomas writes, “deep and dark in color, this gorgeous Pinot Noir is equally dark in flavor and intensity.  Among the wine’s complex tapestry of sensory elements, you’ll find cherry, candied orange peel and woodsy/mushroomy aromas and flavors.  The texture is silky-smooth but consequential, and the long, savory finish offers additional gratification.”

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    Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

    Russian River Valley, California

    Named for its previous owners, the 100-acre Hallberg Vineyard is today owned and managed by wine industry veterans including vineyard manager Kirk Lokka. Nestled in the Green Valley sub-appellation, the site enjoys refreshing daytime breezes and cool nighttime temperatures. The strong marine influence means less severe daily temperature shifts so the vines never completely shut down, producing fruit with deep, dark color, great structure, silky tannins, darker fruit flavors and earthy characteristics. This blend is a composition of many of the best blocks on this cool, foggy vineyard site, which include clones 667, 777, 828, Pommard and a mysterious “suitcase” selection.

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    Russian River Valley, California

    For over 37 years, Gary Farrell Winery has crafted small-lot artisan wines capturing balance and stylistic elegance from some of the finest vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley. In 1985, Winemaker Gary Farrell released his 55 cases of 1982 Rochioli-Allen Pinot Noir to widespread critical acclaim. Since that release, the team at Gary Farrell Winery has consistently focused on rigorous vineyard selection, outstanding grower relationships, and superior quality fruit. For the past 8 years, the current owners have been dedicated to enhancing Gary Farrell’s legacy with a single-minded focus on quality.