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50 Top Sonoma Producers

May 26, 2020

Wine Spectator included Gary Farrell Winery in its recent publication of the 50 Top Sonoma Producers. The sprawling region has many wineries that bottle stellar versions of multiple varietals. In order to compile their list of the region’s 50 standout producers, Wine Spectator examined the recent releases that represent track records for excellence.

The feature highlighted the 2016 Gary Farrell Winery Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir (92 Points), which is reviewed as “Finely textured, with an elegant mix of dried cherry, red currant and plum flavors, knit together by fresh acidity. Well-structured, featuring a long finish that echoes with savory spice and cedar accents.”

To read more about Gary Farrell and Sonoma, find the full feature 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 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.