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A Sense of Place with Gary Farrell Pinot Noirs

September 3, 2020

Wine writer Allison Levine shared a recent Gary Farrell Winery virtual Pinot Noir tasting experience on Please The Palate. She leads off by noting that it is a “sexy and seductive grape that expresses where it is grown,” and that Gary Farrell is regarded as one of the top Pinot Noir producers.

Levine offers a nice historical background on the property and of Winemaker Theresa Heredia’s experience, adding that she “tasted through Pinot Noirs from different areas of the Russian River Valley, as well as the Sonoma Coast, Fort Ross-Seaview and Santa Maria Valley.”

One of the standout wines from her experience included the Hallberg Vineyard 2016. “A blend of all blocks from the Hallberg Vineyard, this wine is the most rustic and deep with aromas of dark cherry, currants, violets, cola and black tea. The concentrated fruit on the palate and grippy tannins make for a balanced, yet powerful, wine.” Read the full write up HERE

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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.