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Wine Review: Checking in with Gary Farrell Vineyards and Winery

The Chalk Report participated in a Gary Farrell Winery virtual tasting focused on the estate’s beautiful Pinot Noirs, including the 2016 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard expression.

Writer Andy Chalk offers great historical background on the winery and Theresa Heredia’s experience. He noted that he was excited to participate in the tasting to “find out what regularities characterized her winemaking technique.”

He notes that the Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir has a dark profile, with “blackerry, blackcurrant” notes and describes it as a “geeky wine.” Read the full write up HERE


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    Gary Farrell Winery 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 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.