2013 Gary Farrell "Hallberg Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
*Editors' Choice* This floral wine opens as if in a damp but not wet forest, surrounded by ripe, red cherry trees. Likable from the start, it's grippy on the palate, expressively juicy, seductive and refined. Blackberry and dried herb pop on the finish, providing a darker side to the red fruit. (VB)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Those looking for complex Burgundian-style Pinot Noirs need look no further than Farrell’s 2013 Pinot Noir Hallberg Vineyard. This wine displays notes of roasted herbs, underbrush, red and black cherries and forest floor in a decidedly Côte de Nuits-like style. It is medium-bodied, refreshing, supple and delicious. (RP)
*One Star* Built along the typically firm lines that its maker predicts and taking a step back from heady ripeness, this spry, brightly balanced, medium-full-bodied effort keys on clean, mildly oaked, fairly straightforward, red cherry fruit. While never a wine of flamboyant richness, it is lithe and long lasting with a rush of youthful acidity coming on at the finish. It will drink well in the short term with lighter lamb or veal dishes but is sure to gain from a few years of aging.
Juicy plum and raspberry are at the core of this taut, trim effort. The fruit provides enough generosity, and the acidity and tannins create an appropriate structure. Drink now through 2019. 1,290 cases made. (JL, Web-2016)