Sleeper: Hallberg Ranch

THE SLEEPER...KEEPER OF 2011 = HALLBERG RANCH PINOT NOIR!

SCHERRER WINERY RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR 2011

I Finished work with a tasting of the Scherrer 2011 Pinot Noirs-in-progress. They were so amazing that I drove a few miles or so down Highway 116 to Emeritus’ Hallberg Ranch and took this picture. The D-block is off in the distance. Pinot Noir Elite and Dijon 828 clones make up most of our Russian River Blend. It will be unbelievable! Really exciting!  I’m glad I was a part of this because the overall vintage talk from others is very negative. Not so here in the apple orchard!

We received Hallberg Ranch Pinot on Thursday, September 22 and Monday, September 26 (in the early morning no doubt). The rains came October 3 – a week later. Fred knows viticulture – he keeps up with the weather, samples grapes in the vineyard and calls the pick.

(Rangers struggle early but finally come through in the 9th to win Game 2. Rangers 2 Cardinals 1. World Series tied 1-1. Back to Texas).

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