Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Carneros 2008
The 2008 growing season was a roller coaster year. It began with dry warm weather that started vines growing early. Then there were freezing temperatures during the spring (down to 23 degrees F. in some areas of Sonoma County) causing some damage due to frost, followed by excessive heat and high wind during bloom. Thereafter we had slightly above average temperatures, followed by slightly below average temperatures all summer long. From a winemaking perspective, the dry growing season produced the benefit of inducing "moderate stress" on the vines, which limited growth of the canopy and focused the vines' energy on the grapes. The smaller berries with the slightly lighter crop combined to produce beautiful concentrated fruit flavors.
External Reviews for Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Carneros
"Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. It is the fashion of this winery that its top wines do not speak with bombast but with quiet authority
Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. It is the fashion of this winery that its top wines do not speak with bombast but with quiet authority, and such is the case here in an offering whose first impressions smell of energetically fruity and fairly direct cherry and raspberry elements. What moves this one up, however, is its depth and continuity and the still developing suggestions of velvety texture and nuances of cola and cassis. Not unattractive today, it seems likely to improve if allowed a bit of cellar time to fill out.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.
Food Pairings for Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Carneros
The 2008 Ramal Vineyard Pinot Noir shows medium intensity in appearance with a dark core ruby color. The developing nose shows medium plus intensity with aromas of ripe black cherries, baked plums and a touch of strawberry jam. The fruit is complemented by warm spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and other nuances of smoke and chocolate. The palate confirms the nose and shows medium plus intensity and length along with medium acidity and body and supple, round tannins. Pair this hearty wine with lamb or sausages.
778 cases produced.
|Alcohol: 14.2%||pH: 3.54|
|Total Acidity: 6.38 grams per liter|