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Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2009

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Alluring aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit. Incredible richness of this wine centers on succulent dark berry flavors, complemented by lavish, spicy oak elements. Deeply colored pinot noir has evolving layers of complexity, with a silky, sensual, lengthy 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

Editorial Reviews for Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,082
4.00 5
11/19/2012

Intensely perfumed and a bit unusual on the nose with a fresh leather base and gently sweet floral perfumes over a core of slightly meaty black cherry/blackberry fruit. There's a hint of smoke here and some underlying oak nuances, but they are very well integrated. This has fantastic depth of flavor with flavors that mimic the nose: rich dark berry fruits, black cherry skins, a hint of herb and some slightly creamy, lightly toasted and nutty almond ice cream, nutty oak notes in a rather aromatic package. There's an exotic pomegranate edge to the fruit in the mouth and violet pastilles on the back end. The finish shows more wood and wood spice, and the fruit shades a bit redder, but this is long and deep. Already delicious, there is notable potential for this to improve. Elegant complex and complete. 93pts


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Snooth User: jenluxy
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/28/2010

Really like this, soft and smooth


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 11/26/2011

I wish you could really find this for around $21.00. In my experience it is more around the $40 range. Delicous and elegantly constructed Pinot Noir that is ready to drink now. Complex palate of cherries and herbs with slight hints of tobacco and cola. Well done and perfect at Thanksgiving! ;)


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/28/2010

Very nice wine with cherry and raspberry flavors. Sweet fruit offset by firm acidity and a nice funky earthiness. Very nice, went well with blackened pork chop.


Snooth User: Allam
86630685
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/19/2011

The wine was very deep and had flavor of blackberry and cherry


Snooth User: GoofyDawg
69378112
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 12/23/2010

Had a glass of this wine while on vacation. Lots of fruit on the nose, but not overpowering. Earthy, dark cherry taste with a nice long finish.


Snooth User: Kurt Peterson
10684154
2.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/20/2012

Eh


Snooth User: IAPete
7318789
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 01/15/2011

Five glasses


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External Reviews for Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

This red offers a complex mix of flavors with notes of ripe dried berry crushed rock light herb and savory berry ending with a dry loamy earth aftertaste. Drink now through 2019. 3 230 cases made. Wine Spectator.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

This red offers a complex mix of flavors, with notes of ripe dried berry, crushed rock, light herb and savory berry, ending with a dry, loamy earth aftertaste. Drink now through 2019. 3,230 cases made. Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2009 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River Selection 750ml



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Alluring aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit. Incredible richness of this wine centers on succulent dark berry flavors, complemented by lavish, spicy oak elements. Deeply colored pinot noir has evolving layers of complexity, with a silky, sensual, lengthy finish.

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