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25 of the Best Pinot Noirs for 2020

May 8, 2020

Vinepair reasons that, as Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to grow due to its fickle think skins and temperamental nature, the cost of a good bottle will often reflect the tricky winemaking processes. Not to fear, this does not necessarily mean that finding a quality, affordable Pinot is impossible.

After graciously spending six months tasting an impressive range of exceptional and surprisingly affordable Pinots, Vinepair compiled the ultimate list of the 25 best Pinot Noirs for 2020. The list features both the 2016 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir and the 2017 Garry Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir.

Both wines received exceptional scores with enthusiastic reviews to match. The Hallberg received an “A+” with great praise as “one of the most beautiful Pinot Noir wines from America currently on the market.” Similarly, the Russian River Selection received an “A” with a special editor’s note summarizing this amazing wine “It’s a goddamn pleasure to drink”

For more on Gary Farrell and Pinot Noir, read the full article HERE.

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    Gary Farrell Winery

    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.

    Gary Farrell Winery

    Gary Farrell Winery Russian River Selection Pinot Noir 2017

    Russian River Valley, California

    The Russian River Selection bottlings are quintessential Russian River Valley wines blended from some of the region’s top vineyards, taking advantage of varied climates and unique site characteristics.  Undoubtedly showcasing a beautiful expression of the varietal and of the appellation’s unique terroir, this Pinot Noir blend captures the richness, purity and elegance that are Gary Farrell Winery’s trademarks.

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    Gary Farrell Winery

    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.