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Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Carneros 2009

Member Review by Mr Dolce:

Scintillating blackberry touches on the nose followed by candied fruit. Eloquentally balanced light savory tannins gracefully glide through the finish.

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Gary Farrell Winery:
Beginning in the late 1970s, Gary Farrell was working with seminal Russian River Valley vintners such as Davis Bynum, Joe Rochioli, Tom Dehlinger and Robert Stemmler – a group that was instrumental in showcasing the world-class Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of the nascent Russian River Valley AVA, a breathtaking, redwood-studded wine region 55 miles north of San Francisco whose mighty riv... Read more
Beginning in the late 1970s, Gary Farrell was working with seminal Russian River Valley vintners such as Davis Bynum, Joe Rochioli, Tom Dehlinger and Robert Stemmler – a group that was instrumental in showcasing the world-class Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of the nascent Russian River Valley AVA, a breathtaking, redwood-studded wine region 55 miles north of San Francisco whose mighty river cuts a scenic swath through the heart of Sonoma County. He made his first wine under the Gary Farrell label in 1982 and built the winery into one of the most acclaimed producers of small-lot Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the Russian River Valley. Gary built a state-of-the-art winery in 2000 on a ridge overlooking the Russian River Valley. The barrel room and cellar reflect his legendary obsession with cleanliness, natural process flow, small-tank fermentations, top-flight French oak cooperage and meticulous attention to detail. With its northeastern orientation, the "crush pad" houses custom belt systems for gently moving and hand-sorting grapes, European presses and varying sizes of temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The fermentation room is a winemaker’s dream with ample room between the rows of small custom-designed, open-top stainless steel tanks, raised tank pads and pneumatic punch-down devices. The barrel rooms allow for precise temperature and humidity control to provide a perfect environment for fermentations and barrel aging.  Although he sold the winery in 2004, the Winery continues its collaborative partnerships with many of the same growers we’ve worked with for 30 years as well as Gary’s legacy of crafting wines that capture the unique character of the vineyard. Today, Gary Farrell Winery is in the capable hands of The Vincraft Group, a fine wine investment company led by a trio of top wine industry executives: Pete Scott, former CFO of Beringer Wine Estates; Walt Klenz, former president and CEO of Beringer Wine Estates; and Bill Price, owner of Sonoma Valley’s famed Durell Vineyard and a partner in Kistler Vineyards. In addition to Gary Farrell Winery, Vincraft owns Kosta-Browne, a celebrated Pinot Noir specialist who’s 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was Wine Spectator’s 2011 “Wine of the Year.” Vincraft is actively nurturing Gary Farrell’s legacy of producing small lots of Burgundian-styled, varietally expressive and regionally distinctive Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. This regimen is being maintained and evolved by Winemaker Theresa Heredia, a highly respected winemaker who has long specialized in small-lot, single-vineyard wines. She joined Gary Farrell Winery in 2012 from Freestone Vineyards in the Sonoma Coast appellation, where she achieved significant critical acclaim, including “Winemaker to Watch” honors from the San Francisco Chronicle.  Over the years, Gary Farrell Winery wines have garnered innumerable awards and accolades, but we’re not satisfied with the status quo. We are preserving Gary Farrell’s legacy while striving to push quality to an even higher level. To that end, we are seeking additional elite grape sources within the Russian River Valley to elevate wine quality even further. Gary Farrell Winery is a “Grand Cru” of the Russian River Valley. Year in and year out, our wines achieve the pinnacle of wine quality and regional typicity to be found in the appellation, but we’re not resting on our laurels. With new vineyards coming on line and the various experiments we’re conducting, our wines will continue to grow and evolve. Our winery’s hallmark wine style remains one of balance, elegance and purity of varietal expression over power and brawn. Gary Farrell Winery wines are conceived for the table, beautifully complement food, and are built to age gracefully in bottle. They perennially appeal to discerning wine lovers eager to experience the pure essence of the Russian River Valley. In the elegantly appointed tasting room at Gary Farrell Winery, that experience comes with a breathtaking view. Read less

Member Reviews for Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Carneros

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Snooth User: Mr Dolce
4535423,626
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/25/2011

Scintillating blackberry touches on the nose followed by candied fruit. Eloquentally balanced light savory tannins gracefully glide through the finish.


Snooth User: uroflow
41514113
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 09/28/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Mr Dolce
4535423,626
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/17/2012

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.


Snooth User: hito
19518942
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 11/22/2010

Five glasses


Snooth User: kfrazer
3413728
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 02/05/2008

awesome pinot


Snooth User: lankaman
2829221
3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/19/2007

smooth wine. great clarity.


Snooth User: brytan850
4085534
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 02/05/2008

Four and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Carneros

Vintage: 2008 07/05/2011

"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


Vintage: 2008 11/12/2010

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 04/30/2010

A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2004 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Starr Ridge Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2004 02/20/2011

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


External Review
Vintage: 2004 10/16/2008

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.



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