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Wine Reviews: California New Releases

April 16, 2021

Terroirist highlighted Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir 2018 and Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018 as part of a California new release story.

Awarding it 91 points, the Russian River Selection Pinot Noir is described as having an “inviting nose of cherries, raspberries, McIntosh apples, along with rose petals, rhubarb, white pepper, tobacco and green herbs – there is really a lot going on here!” Continuing, “on the palate, this is fresh with gorgeous acidity, dusty tannins, on point balance. Sour and black cherries, wild raspberry, crunchy red apple peel tones. Notes of rose petal, rhubarb, with mineral and earth undertones. The freshness, spiciness and complexity is delightful.”

The Hallberg single vineyard expression received 92 points and has a nose exuding “bright cherries and juicy plums, topped in rose petals, sage, rhubarb and clay.” He continues to describe it as “zippy and fresh on the palate, medium-bodied, dusty tannins, this is vibrant and alive with flavors of raspberry, cherry and orange peel. Notes of rhubarb, menthol and white pepper. Perfumed, nuanced, vibrant and fresh, this is pretty young but will open nicely over the next few years.” Read the full piece HERE

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