Alysian Wines

THE VISION Gary Farrell sold his very successful “namesake” brand in 2004 with ambitions of “returning to his roots” as a true artisan producer of extremely limited production Pinot Noir wines. In 2007, he partnered with longtime colleagues, Bill Hambrecht and Denise Sanders, to create the ideal winemaking environment for the production of small lot, ultra-premium wines from the cooler reaches of the Russian River Valley. Consistent with Gary’s “no compromise” approach, he equipped his new Westside Road (Healdsburg) facility with the finest tools obtainable; precisely what we would expect from the winemaker who promises to “eclipse” anything he has previously produced during his three decades of winemaking. THE WINES Pinot Noir is the clear focus of this brand, but tiny lots of Chardonnay will also be released under the Alysian label. Gary will remain true to his “signature style” of winemaking by producing fully flavored, acutely balanced wines with a keen focus on elegance Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Alysian Pinot Noir Floodgate Vineyard Rock Hill 2008

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    3rd year in a row we've enjoyed this bottle on the day we were Married and ever time this Pinot Noir is outstanding. Soothing, medium to full bodied, with a finish that leaves you yearning for more. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Alysian Pinot Noir Hallberg Vineyard Crossroads Russian River Valley 2010

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    Tight and a bit smoky and earthy on the nose with hints of rusty earth framing a gently spiced core of red berry/cherry fruit. This open with lovely bright but integrated acids supporting sweet cherry and blueberry fruit that gains a little tart plum note on the backend. The tannins are finely managed adding some firmness on the mid-palate and a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Alysian Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Russian River Selection 2008

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    In only the second vintage, another masterpiece from Gary Farrell's new wine endeavor Alysian. Broad spectrum of flavors to intrigue the senses. Full bodied and rich, definately a small production gem. Enjoyed at our 1st Wedding Anniversary dinner in Kaua'i, Hawai'i. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Alysian Pinot Noir Russian River Selection 2009

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    I don't see where this wine has any finesse whatsoever. Tart, untamed acidity, decent fruit up front that degrades into a messy alcohol laden burn finish. Unstructured end with tart cranberry being the takeaway. More like a bad Nebbiolo. Highly disagree with the positive reviews on this one. Read More

    Wine review by Carlo182


  • Alysian Pinot Noir Russian River Selection 2009

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    Wonderful raspberry and currant with no tannins. Fantastic SonomaPinot Noir that has finesse and elegance. Read More

    Wine review by jshimkin


  • It’s the holiday season and everyone is recommending Pinot Noir again. What is it with folks, do they just like to take the path of least resistance? Will there come a day when Pinot is not the end all of holiday wine recommendations? Probably not. Lambrusco and Blaufrankisch have a whole set of issues that will prevent them from ever garnering ... Read More

    From the article Top Pinot Noir Picks


  • Alysian Pinot Noir Russian River Selection 2009

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    Cherry with a bit of oak and round mouth feel Read More

    Wine review by Sara Weinbrom


  • Alysian Pinot Noir Russian River Selection 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Espradling


  • Alysian Bradford Mtn Block Three Zinfandel 2009

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    Lovely wine! Berries and oaky nose. Complex yet perfectly balanced and a bit lighter with raspberry and hints of coffee and vanilla. Read More

    Wine review by Sara Weinbrom


  • After last week’s look at value-oriented Zinfandel, I was pretty excited to jump into and taste some higher end wines. I love Zinfandel’s many iterations. From the Claret styles of yore to the fruit bombs that have made bold headlines and big points over the past decade, there is a great variety of styles well suited to many cuisines. Of course,... Read More

    From the article 8 Elegant Zinfandels


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