Gary Farrell Winery

707-433-6616 10701 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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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 Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2011

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    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. Read More

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  • Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River 2012

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    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. Read More

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  • Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012

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    Pale gold color and light aromas of baked apple and pear, hints of caramel and cream. Full and round in the mouth, enveloping and velvety textures with more apple, lemon, pear and fresh acidity. The finish is elegant and hints at an autolytic, yeasty quality that is warmly pleasant at the end of a fantastic bottle. Well crafted wine with all of ... Read More

    Wine review by 834647Snooth Editorial 834647 Snooth Editorial


  • After graduating from medical school and before beginning indentured service as a resident physician, my wife and I decided we should make a trip out to California wine country and Yosemite. So, a week after moving to my new residency location, we pawned off the two year old on the grandparents and headed for the hills of California.We arrived i... Read More

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  • Gary Farrell Russian River Chardonnay 2010

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    Wine review by sgoldy


  • Educated Guess Cabernet 2011

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  • Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Selection 2011

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    Tight on the nose with attractive aromas of French oak and subtle green apple and toasted nut notes. Soft and open on entry with early flavors of raw almonds and creamy accent the the sweet green apple and lightly green plummy flavors on the palate. This is very supple and fairly rich though with enough acid to keep things lively and focused in... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • It's not often that I have a plan. Well, a detailed plan at least.. Some sort of a plan not being a requirement for those in this business. But a detailed plan, and over-arching theme for a visit to wine country can certainly come in handy.  This month’s, or rather last month’s theme was, surprisingly enough: Zinfandel. I say surprisingly becaus... Read More

    From the article The Best of Zinfandel


  • Gary Farrell Zinfandel Bradford Mountain 2010

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    Darker on the nose than the Sonoma bottling with carob, meat, mint, and eucalyptus spice accenting the cool,earthy and powerful nose. This is not fruit driven. Much lighter on the palate than the nose would lead one to believe,. Dark, and muscular like a ballet dancer, this reveals lovely depth, the flavors like the nose run to the earthy, savor... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gary Farrell Wines Inc. Zinfandel Sonoma County 2010

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    Very pretty on the nose, with lots of cool fruit, plenty of oak as well but it's well balanced allowing the floral, spicy, crushed black raspberry and wild plum fruit to show very clearly. Very clean and taut on the palate, with no baby fat, in a clear nervous style. This is and fairly large scaled but elegant and tense with mouth watering acids... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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