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Gary Farrell Wines Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2015

Editorial Review by Snooth Editorial:

Voluptuous cherry aromas open for this wine, with hints of cedar box, tobacco and ripe red fruit. Flavors are deep and pure, full and proud with cherry, tart cranberry, well integrated oak and dark chocolate. Truly a pleasurable experience - worth a repeat visit.

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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 Wines Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464771,211
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 10/17/2014

Voluptuous cherry aromas open for this wine, with hints of cedar box, tobacco and ripe red fruit. Flavors are deep and pure, full and proud with cherry, tart cranberry, well integrated oak and dark chocolate. Truly a pleasurable experience - worth a repeat visit.


Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464771,211
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 10/30/2014

Deep black fruit, leather, earth and baking spices on the nose. Palate is concentrated with blackberry, black currant, leather, tobacco leaf, ripe black cherry and cedar. Finishes clean and long, but surprisingly light and refreshing. A special bottle.


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Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464771,211
4.60 5
Vintage: 2012 10/17/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464771,211
4.70 5
Vintage: 2011 10/30/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 02/24/2013

Dusty red berry on the nose along with cherry, strawberry, raspberry and pomegranate. On the palate, brisk acid and firm tannin with a hint of minerality. Flavors of cherry and pomegranate. Darker palate than nose lead to. Great plummy accents as well. Really nice structure. 91 pts. 11/24/12


Snooth User: Ekman
14107711
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/22/2009

To me this Pinot represent red fruit, ripe cherry, raspberry and strawberry. It's wonderfully balanced with acididty that makes if a perfect wine for good food such as salmon or lamb. Long, long finish.


Snooth User: DrWuStar
878186
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/15/2009

Cherry and raspberry flavors, toasty oak, nice acidity, long, dry finish. Was a delicious match for grilled salmon with mushrooms, sweet onions, and red wine sauce.


Snooth User: pwasin01
58470025
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/20/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: jshimkin
321717460
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 11/12/2011

Dark fruit of blackberry, ripe cherry on the nose and tongue. Finish adds some light tobacco. A versatile wine that can be paired with anything from salmon to chicken to pork.


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External Reviews for Gary Farrell Wines Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

External Review
Vintage: 2014 01/31/2017

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. 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. This latest release is true to form. The grapes for this Russian River Selection 2014 are sourced from some of the region’s top vineyards, including Hallberg, Rochioli, Toboni and Floodgate, taking advantage of varied climates and unique site characteristics. The fruit was all destemmed (leaving just a little whole cluster) and hand sorted. It fermented in small open-top temperature controlled tanks. The wine aged 8 months in 35% new French oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast Magazine gave this a 95 point score saying "This is a stellar wine. Dusty citrus spiked with clove comes to mind first aromatically and continues through to the palate. Tart acidity supports sublime texture and a lightness that never means lean. Red currant, grapefruit and orange provide additional lift and focus."


External Review
Vintage: 2013 01/23/2016

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. 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. This latest release is true to form. The grapes for this Russian River Selection 2013 are sourced from some of the region’s top vineyards, including Hallberg, Rochioli, Toboni and Hop Kiln, taking advantage of varied climates and unique site characteristics. The fruit was all destemmed (leaving just a little whole cluster) and hand sorted. It fermented in small open-top temperature controlled tanks. The wine aged 9 months in 35% new French oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast Magazine selected this as an “Editors’ Choice” with a 95 point score, they said “This might be one of the best values on the market, given the quality. Equal parts pretty and funky, it’s a tightly wound, savory, fruity wine that’s elegant and compelling. The tannins and oak are lightly imprinted around strawberry-rhubarb and fresh-cut rose, and the texture seductively silky. This is a delicious treat of a wine that should also age.”


External Review
Vintage: 2013 06/22/2016

This beautiful wine offers a simply outstanding array of complex aromas, opening with fresh raspberry, black cherry preserves, strawberry rhubarb pie, rose petals, and violets. Traces of dried figs, Forest Nameko mushrooms, anise, and cloves balance the spectrum. Elegant fresh and dried fruit flavors liberally coat the palate while silky, seductive tannins carry through to a savory, persistent finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

The 2010 Pinot Noir Russian River Selection shows good immediacy. Sweet floral notes meld into expressive red berries spices and licorice. An open perfumed Pinot the Russian River selection is a great choice for drinking over the next few years. Sweet floral notes reappear to grace the lifted sensual finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017. -Antonio Galloni Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/24/2013

Our winery is situated in the heart of the Russian River Valley, on a ridge top among native redwoods, oak and madrone trees. The setting is nothing short of magical. Spotless and well thought-out, the facility gives way to serious quality winemaking.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 08/22/2013

The 2010 Pinot Noir Russian River Selection shows good immediacy. Sweet floral notes meld into expressive red berries spices and licorice. An open perfumed Pinot the Russian River selection is a great choice for drinking over the next few years. S... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2010 2010 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River Selection Pinot Noir 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/24/2013

Special Case Discount! Our winery is situated in the heart of the Russian River Valley, on a ridge top among native redwoods, oak and madrone trees. The setting is nothing short of magical. Spotless and well thought-out, the facility gives way to serious quality winemaking.


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