2018 Martin Ray Hallberg Pinot Noir
94 Pts | James Suckling
Best of Class, Double Gold | Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2020
Quintessential cool-climate Green Valley, this wine embodies the balance of bright, high toned fruit, a mineral-driven round body and silky refined
Revered for its impeccable fruit, Hallberg Ranch is 100% dry-farmed vineyard set on rolling hills of the southern edge of the Green Valley in the heart of the Russian River Valley. We source from a few blocks designated to the Cruz Clone and Clone 828 on the far northern edge of the ranch as well
as Pommard and Clone 115 on the Southern edge.
100% Pinot Noir
From start to finish, 2018 was a very steady season, offering weather that was reminiscent of years prior to drought. Higher than average yields and
excellent quality brought about a fruitful harvest beginning in late August.
Fermented separately in small open-top fermenters with gentle punch-downs. Maintained at moderate temperatures until dry, basket-pressed, and racked to 50% new French oak for 12 months.
Deep black cherry and black raspberry layered with earthy notes of forest floor and Jamaican allspice. Herbaceous English thyme and sarsaparilla carry through, lending a savory balance to the silky layers and focused acidity.