2007 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.43, 527 cases, $50. Released in November 2009. The 100-acre Hallberg Vineyard is named for previous owners Don and Marcia Hallberg and today is owned by investors headed by Brice Jones (Emeritus) and farmed by one owner, Kirk Lokka. 58% clone 777, 31% clone 667 and 11% Pommard clone. · Deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of crisp dark fruits, forest floor and woodshed. Intense and thick on the palate with hints of grilled meat, tea and tobacco accenting the luscious black cherry and blackberry core. Remarkable persistence on the finish which features a hint of citrus peel. As different from the Rochioli bottling as night and day, but equally fine. Reviewed July 15, 2010

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