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In terms of quality in the Russian River Valley, you probably can’t do any better than Gary Farrell. Their work with Burgundian varietals is simply unparalleled. Even though the wine pioneer is long out of the picture now, the winery was put into the hands of rising superstar– Theresa Heredia (formerly with Joseph Phelps) in 2012. All she’s done since taking over is rack up just about every award and accolade in the book– taking a great legacy and turning it into a winemaking dynasty.
Since taking over the helm, the winery has been name winery of the year by Pinot Report in 2015, Winery of the Year in 2016 by PinotFile, top 50 producers in Sonoma by Wine Spectator and has been named Top 100 wineries in the world back-to-back years by Wine & Spirits Magazine. She earned a winemaker of the year nod last year from Wine Enthusiast– not a surprising feat when you consider she made their #1 Wine of the Year in 2017’s Top 100.
Theresa’s wines are delicious. If you’re a Pinot or a Chardonnay drinker who hasn’t tried one yet, you’ve gotta get your hands on some of her work. In the few years I’ve been trying her wines, they’re remarkably bright and balanced with great structure and tremendous lift.
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94 Points, Decanter
Crafted from some of Hallberg Vineyard’s best blocks with a keen focus on clones 667, 777, 828, Pommard and an enigmatic ‘suitcase’ clone, the 2016 Hallberg showcases exceptional depth with ripe red fruit character largely leaning into cherry, raspberry, strawberry and a hint of dried lavender in the mix. Black tea, savoury spice and silky tannins lay the groundwork for an elegant harmony of fresh acidity, seamless structure and a juicy finish. Drinking Window 2019 – 2024
94 Points, Wine Enthusiast
This lush wine offers layers of orange, rhubarb and spice. Black tea and clove chime in, showcasing the beauty and intensity of this wine’s personality.
92+ Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2016 Pinot Noir Hallberg Vineyard has a pale to medium ruby color and subdued nose of forest floor, bitter citrus peel, tobacco and smoke with a core of ripe red and blue berries. The palate packs in the earthy blue and red fruits, with firm, slightly grippy tannins and a nuanced, amaro-laced finish.
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