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Gary Farrell: Producer Profile

August 25, 2020

Decanter highlights Gary Farrell Winery in their latest feature of their esteemed producer profile series. Writer Stacy Slinkard reports on the winery’s legacy relationships with various growers through the Russian River Valley that allows for the production of spectacular single vineyard Pinot Noirs that are “consistent, balanced and elegant.” The article includes an interview with winemaker Theresia Heredia who provides valuable insight into her site specific winemaking philosophy.

Additionally, Slinkard tastes through the 2016 vintage. The 2016 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir receives an outstanding 94 points and high praise for its “exceptional depth with ripe red fruit.”

Read the full story HERE.


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    Gary Farrell Winery Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

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    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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    For over 40 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. Since 2014, the current owners have been dedicated to enhancing Gary Farrell’s legacy with a single-minded focus on quality, relying on rigorous vineyard selection, outstanding grower relationships and superior quality fruit.