Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, Hallberg Vineyard
Winemaker Theresa Heredia is one of California’s most instinctive wine stylists, so when she assumed the lead role at this iconic Russian River Valley winery in 2012, it was assumed the wines would remain as stellar as they had been under the now-retired eponymous founder.
And they have in ways that followers of the brilliant Farrell himself never could have imagined! If one word describes every Gary Farrell Pinot since the founding of this project in the early 1980s it is “polish.” Farrell was the master, and Heredia is a classicist with the grapes of Burgundy (including Chardonnay).
Her polish is more easily seen in her carefully blended Russian River Valley Selection wine (see below) that always represents a great value because, as an old saying might go, it doesn’t fall far from the vine.
This wine, however, is from one of the finest vineyards in the state for Pinot, the Hallberg Vineyard that was planted by and managed by Brice Jones, founder of Sonoma-Cutrer. Sitting on the California-unique Goldridge soil, it surely is a contender for best Pinot Noir vineyard in Sonoma County and one of the best in the state.
This wine’s main complexity typifies Heredia’s ability to capture fruit, but leave some aging potential in the wine’s gestalt.
On of the finest Pinot Noirs in America! It ‘s glorious to drink now and will reward a decade in the cellar.