Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery, Russian River Valley (Sonoma County, California) Pinot Noir Hallberg Vineyard 2018

($59):  This is one of Gary Farrell’s notable wines in their line-up of consistently impressive single vineyard Pinot Noir.  This mid-weight wine delivers a gorgeous and seamless synthesis of fruit and savory notes.  With marvelous complexity and a glossy texture, it’s a delight to drink now.  It has the near magical quality of what I call “flavor without weight,” found in many red Burgundies.  Acidity in the finish brightens the wine, amplifies its charms, and induces you to take another sip.  This wine does not tire through the meal — it gets better.
95 Michael Apstein Dec 14, 2021