Scintillating blackberry touches on the nose followed by candied fruit. Eloquentally balanced light savory tannins gracefully glide through the finish.
Three and a half glasses
A intoxicating bouquet sensually dance through the senses. Full and uniquely bodied, voluptuous and memorable mouthfeel lead to a long and lasting finish. Enjoyed with friends at the California Culinary Institute.
smooth wine. great clarity.
Four and a half glasses
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.
A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2004 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Starr Ridge Vineyard 750ml
Gary Farrell, one of California’s greatest winemakers, told me something the other day that was eye opening. Farrell arguably makes Sonoma County’s best, most consistent Pinot Noirs. Some of his Pinots are vineyard-designates, however, there is also a reliable Sonoma County blend that contains portions of the vineyard designates.He said that occasionally he prefers his Sonoma County blend to the vineyard designates. This stands to reason. In certain years, a vineyard-designated wine may lack something that blending can cure, where different elements in one wine can add something to a blend that a single vineyard doesn’t offer, thus making for a more complex wine.After tasting Farrell’s Sonoma County 2004 Pinot Noir, I can say that it is one of those blends that can easily hold its own with most vineyard-designates. This wine is a perfect example of Farrell’s “blend is better” wine, and it’s cheaper than his more pricey vineyard designates.The aroma is marked by black raspberry and spice notes like clove and blackberry. The flavors are rich and lush, but there is a perfect balance that works now with fresh, wild salmon, or you should wait for a few years for the wine to develop its inevitable secondary flavors.
Good bright red.Sappy cherry, raspberry, flowers and minerals on the perfumed nose, along with a complicating forest floor element.Supple on entry, then precise and classy in the middle palate, offering a wave of spicy, floral red fruit and mineral f... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2004 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Rochioli Vineyard 750ml