Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery

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Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery

Winemaker Gary Farrell shuns the limelight but his Pinot Noirs do plenty of speaking. He was the original winemaker for Rochioli and Davis Bynum and his Pinot Noirs as well as other varieties have been nothing short of stellar. His winemaking career dates to the mid-1970s. Along with investor Bill Hambrecht, he built his own architecturally stunning winery on Westside Road which was sold in 2004 to Allied Domecq. Later it was acquired by Fortune Brands, then owned by Ascentia Wine Estates, and sold to The Vincraft Group in 2011. Farrell left his winery in 2006.

Farrell and business partner William Hambrecht are developing a new winery in the Russian River Valley concentrating on small-lot Pinot Noirs from vineyards they own together and other sources where Farrell has obtained grapes from in the past (Alysian Wines). The Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery has continued to obtain high-quality fruit from Allen and Rochioli vineyards nearby. Farrell chose Susan Reed, who had worked with him for three years before his departure, to succeed him as winemaker and successfully maintained the high standard set by Farrell. Reed was replaced by Theresa Heredia, formerly of Freestone Vineyards, in early 2012.

A tasting room at the stylish winery is open daily and the larger production wines are distributed to multiple retail sources.

Articles About Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery

2012 California Pinot Noir All-Americans Honorable Mention (9.17 12/26/2012)
2014 California Pinot Noir Honorable Mention All-Americans (10.2 12/15/2014)
Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir: The Tastings (9.39 3/29/2014)
Along the Pinot Trail in California: Part 2 - North Coast & Other (9.8 6/24/2012)
California Chardonnay (9.8 6/24/2012)
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery: Embracing the Legacy (8.18 7/15/2010)
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery: New Winemaker Carries on Tradition (9.21 3/23/2013)
More Sips of California Pinot (8.4 10/29/2009)
More Sips of Pinot (9.16 12/10/2012)
Pinot Briefs (8.18 7/15/2010)
Pinot Briefs (8.37 5/13/2011)
Pinot Briefs (9.6 4/18/2012)
Pinot Noir Shootout Favorites (6.13 1/22/2007)
Recent California Pinot Noir Releases (9.5 4/4/2012)
Recent Sips of Chardonnay (9.48 10/6/2014)
Recent Sips of Pinot Noir (9.48 10/6/2014)
Sips of California Chardonnay & A Few Other Whites (9.26 6/23/2013)
Sips of California Pinot Noir: Recently Sampled Wines (9.23 4/13/2013)
Sips of Chardonnay: Recently Sampled Wines (9.23 4/13/2013)
Sips of Pinot Noir (8.20 8/24/2010)
Sips of Recently Tasted California Chardonnay (9.41 5/15/2014)
Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir (9.34 12/17/2013)
Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir (9.41 5/15/2014)
Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir & Chardonnay & Outliers (9.43 7/19/2014)
Sips of Recently Tasted California Wines (9.39 3/29/2014)
Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir (9.27 7/22/2013)
Sips of Recently Tasted Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (9.49 10/20/2014)
Sips of White Wines Tasted Recently (9.27 7/22/2013)
Sips of the Russian River Valley (8.35 4/11/2011)
Small Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir (9.31 10/11/2013)
Small Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir and a Few Whites (9.29 9/5/2013)
Small Sips of Russian River Valley Pinot (8.4 10/29/2009)
Tasting Pinot with Plenty of Noir (9.9 7/21/2012)
Winemaker Up Close & Personal: Theresa Heredia (9.45 8/15/2014)

Reviewed Wines

2013 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Selection Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

13.5% alc., pH 3.10, TA 0.66, 222 cases, $25, screwcap. Released May 2014. Sourced from Ritchie Vineyard with harvest Brix of 21.9º. 80% fermented and aged in stainless steel, 20% fermented and aged in neutral French oak barrels. The entire blend was aged 3 months on the primary lees. · Very pale yellow with a tinge of green color in the glass. The nose is vibrant and flush with aromas of tropical fruits, grapefruit and a hint of vanilla. Refreshing, energetic and flavorful, with an array of interesting tastes including lemon-lime, guava, white peach, and the slightest oak. The typical grassiness found in Sauvignon Blanc is present but it is only a subtle signature note. The dry, lemon-driven finish urges another sip. Going back many years, Gary Farrell made a string of outstanding Sauvignon Blanc wines, and this wine upholds that tradition. Score: 91. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2013 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Selection Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.33, TA 0.65, 209 cases, $28. Released May 2014. Pinot Noir clone 37 from Dutton Ranch-Wat Vineyard in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley, harvested at 22º Brix specifically for this bottling. Whole cluster pressed. 70% stainless steel fermented and 30% fermented in used French oak barrels for two weeks. The entire blend was aged 2 months in stainless steel. · Lovely pink apricot color. Satisfying aromas of alpine strawberry, peach, yellow rose petal and a pinch of herbs. Plenty of verve on the palate with bright flavors of strawberry, raspberry, cherry and citrus. A vein of acidity gives the wine focus. Score: 90. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Selection Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.5% alc., pH 3.9, TA 0.66, 6,902 cases, $35. Released May 2014. Sourced from multiple vineyards. Harvest Brix 22-23º. Whole cluster pressed, inoculated with Montrachet yeast. Aged 7 months in 35% new French oak barrels. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. A little reduced upon opening. Aromas of lemon curd, mango, spice and oak improve over time in the glass. The easy drinking array of flavors including lemon, white peach, vanilla creme and nutty oak pick up intensity over time, and there is plenty of acidity to encourage enjoyment. Score: 87. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.0$ alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.58, 482 cases, $45. Released September 2014. Harvest Brix 22.5º. Whole cluster pressed, inoculated with Montrachet yeast, transferred to 40% new French oak barrels for fermentation and 8 months of barrel aging. Barrels included standard size and 500-L puncheons. The wines were racked off the primary lees once just before bottling. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Enticing aromas arrive over time in the glass, revealing notes of lemon creme, yellow apple, nuts and vanilla malt. Very flavorful with noticeable brightness, offering flavors of yellow stone fruits, lemon, grapefruit, and struck match flint. The oak is nicely integrated, the texture is slightly creamy, and the bright acidity brings the wine to life. An appealing food wine. Score: 91. Reviewed October 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Selection Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.47, TA 0.60, 9,206 cases, $45. Released May 2014. Sourced from 9 top vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Harvest Brix 23-24º. 100% de-stemmed, 5 to 7-day cold soak, 10 to 15-day extended maceration post fermentation. Inoculated for malolactic fermentation and aged for 8 months in 35% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromatically gifted with aromas of black cherry, spice, cardamom and chile spices and subtle oak. Soft in the mouth and very tasty, featuring dark cherry and black raspberry flavors underlain with oak. A bit exotic tasting for a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. The tannins are in line and the wine is driven by electric acidity which is a Gary Farrell trademark. Easy to like. Score: 90. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Westside Farms Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.6% alc., pH 3.24, TA 0.70, 580 cases, $45. Release September 2014. Wente clone 4. Harvest Brix 22-23º. Whole cluster pressed, inoculated with Montrachet yeast. Aged 8 months in 40% new French oak (barrels and 500- L puncheons). · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Slightly austere and driven by flinty minerality, this wine offers demure flavors of yellow peach and grilled lemon. Somewhat silky on the palate with bright acidity on the soprano finish. I could not connect with this wine. Score: 87. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.6% alc., pH 3.26, TA 0.69, 400 cases, $50. Release May 2014. The majority of this blend comes from the River Block clone 5 planted in 1989. Harvest Brix 22.5º. Whole cluster pressed, inoculated with Montrachet yeast, transferred to 40% new French oak barrels and 500-L puncheons for fermentation and 8 months of barrel aging. Racked off the lees once just before bottling. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Aromas of petrichor, lemon, nut oils and eau de vie de poire. Somewhat lush on the palate, with appealing flavors of lemon curd, green apple, white peach, finishing with a grip of juicy minerality. Score: 90. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Rochioli-Allen Vineyards Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.8% alc., pH 3.32, TA 0.65, 317 cases, $50. Sourced from two adjacent vineyards, Rochioli and Allen. Mainly clones 76 and 15 from three blocks of the Allen Vineyard and the balance is clone 5 from the Rochioli River Block. Harvest Brix 22.5º-23.0º. Whole cluster pressed using two regimens. River Block grapes pressed using a slightly more extractive program, while a gentle, modified Champagne program was used for the smaller clusters of the Allen Vineyard. After pressing, the juice was transferred for native fermentation and 8 months of barrel aging in 40% new French oak barrels and 500-L puncheons. The wine was racked off the primary lees only once before bottling. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Clean and bright on the nose with aromas of lemon, citrus blossom, golden apple, and passion fruit. Richly flavored with baked apple, yellow peach, apricot and caramel with a creamy mouth feel and a burst of electric, citrus-driven acidity on the finish. Score: 90. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.40, TA 0.68, 153 cases, $55. Harvest Brix 23º. Wente selection. Whole cluster pressed. Native fermentation and aged 8 months in 40% new French oak barrels (a mixture of barrels and 500-L puncheons). · Moderately light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Fresh, clean aromas of steely lemon. Discreet fullness on the palate with flavors of lemon, baked pear, caramel and buttery, smoky oak in the background. Crisp, with a clean mouthfeel. Score: 89. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.42, TA 0.71, 1,198 cases, $55. Small percentage of whole cluster to add tannins, spice and complexity. 5 to 7-day cold soak, inoculated fermentation, 10 to 15-day post fermentation maceration. Aged 14 months in 40% new French oak on primary lees. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose picks up interest over time in the glass, revealing aromas of blackberry, plum reduction sauce and allspice. Has shoulders but is still refined, offering mid weight flavors of blackberry, plum and vanillin oak. Crisp and bright, with penetrating energy and a noticeably persistent finish. More integrated and complete the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 92. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Stiling Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.46, TA 0.702, 433 cases, $55. Vineyard owners Don and Barbara Stiling converted a 48-acre apple ranch to vineyards in 1988. The site has well-drained Goldridge soils and is exposed to lingering coastal fog intrusions. Swan selection. Aged 14 months in 40% new French oak. · Moderate ruby color in the glass. The aromas of Bing cherry, raspberry and spice are vibrant upon opening, fading a bit in the glass as the cherry fades and dried herb scents emerge. Relatively light with silky tannins and juicy acidity, featuring oak-kissed cherry and raspberry fruits with a savory herbal undertone. The finish is driven by a burst of racy cherry fruit. Score: 90. Reviewed October 20, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Toboni Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.38, TA 0.68, 408 cases, $55. Released May 2014. Partially de-stemmed, 5 to 7 day cold soak, 10 days of extended maceration post fermentation. Aged 9 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Racked off the primary lees once just before bottling. · Moderately dark reddish purple hue in the glass. Deep aromas of cherry, damp forest floor, marzipan and oak spice. Mid to full-bodied flavors of black cherry, plum and savory herbs. Very intense and fruity, with a numbing concentration of fruit on the finish which has a welcoming cut of acidity. Score: 90. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.645, 444 cases, $60. Release date February 2015. Sourced from the vines at the Bacigalupi’s Frost Ranch. Wente selection of Pinot Noir. Aged 14 months in 40% new French oak. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, strawberry, cranberry and nutty oak lead to an elegant mid weight palate of red fruits with strawberry the most prominent. A layer of complimentary oak in the background adds interest. An enjoyable, understated, forward drinking wine, with supple tannins and a lip-smacking finish driven by a good cut of acidity. Score: 90. Reviewed October 20, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.40, TA 0.72, 340 cases, $60. Released May 2014. 100% destemmed, fermented in small open tanks after a 5 day cold soak. 10 days of extended maceration after fermentation. Aged 14 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Racked once off the primary lees just before bottling. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. Spirited and slightly exotic nose with aromas of fresh cherry, raspberry, dark red rose petal, clove cookies and a hint of sweet oak. An interesting and unique wine with delicious flavors of black raspberry, black cherry and black currant fruits embellished with toasty oak. Beautifully crafted with balanced tannins and a bright cut of acidity with a four-star, sweet black cherry finish. The flavors tiptoe to the edge of ripeness. Score: 92. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Dijon Clones Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.38, TA 0.70, 484 cases, $60. Released May 2014. Partially de-stemmed (a small percentage of whole cluster was used), 5 to 7 day cold soak, 10 to 15 day extended maceration after fermentation. Aged 9 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Racked off the primary lees once just before bottling. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of very ripe dark berries, red and black licorice and spice. Mid weight flavors of very ripe blueberries and raspberries, with a hint of anise-laced oak. Juicy and bright with modest tannins and a soprano finish. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the fruit approached over ripeness in flavor. Score: 89. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard-Old River Block Single Oak Puncheon Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.4% alc., pH 3.26, TA 0.77, 44 cases, $60. Released September 2014. This limited production wine comes from Rochioli River Block, clone 5, planted in 1989. Harvest Brix 22.5º. Vinified in a new 500-L French oak puncheon. A puncheon adds subtle structure and aromatics, and polishes the finished wine without dominating its expression of terroir. Because this wine had such an exotic aromatic profile of the finished wine, it was decided to bottle it by itself under the winery’s special Inspiration Series, designated by a black label. The wine was racked off primary lees once before bottling. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Slightly reduced upon opening. The nose is slow to open, taking upwards of 45 minutes to satisfy with aromas of lemon, apple, Nutella, and toasty oak. Tight initially, the wine gradually reveals its charms which are substantial. There is a citrus-driven attack and finish with a grapefruit peel, steely character to the brisk, electric finish. Slightly creamy in texture with nuances of white peach, peach pit, vanilla and spice showing up. A contemplative wine that should benefit from further cellaring. The “exotic” aromas that were experienced in barrel have not yet reappeared in the wine. This is a distinctive offering that veers from many popular Russian River Valley Chardonnays that are harvested later and display a typical lush tropical fruit core and noticeable buttery oak imprint. Score: 91-93. Reviewed October 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard 777 Oak Tank Fermented 17% Whole Cluster Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.70, 120 cases, $65. Released June 2014. Clone 777 from Block M of the 100- acre Hallberg Vineyard. Partially de-stemmed with whole clusters placed on top of the de-stemmed fruit so the stems could dry and develop more spice and refined tannins. Foot treading of the grapes was used initially to macerate, then 1 to 2 punch downs per day. 10 to 15-day post fermentation extended maceration. Aged 14 months in 50% new French oak barrels on primary lees. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is very shy upon opening but explodes with aromatic goodness the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Plenty of spicy black berries seduce the senses on the mid to full-bodied palate and fruit-charged finish. Rather exotic, even fascinating, with many nuances unfolding over time in the glass. There is enough fruit to balance the wine’s broad shouldered tannins which will need some time in bottle to fully soften and integrate. A connoisseur's wine. Score: 94. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.66, 323 cases, $70. Release September 2014. 5 to 7-day cold soak, 10 to15-day maceration postfermentation. Aged 14 months in 40% new French oak barrels on primary lees. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A classy wine with high brow aromas of Bing cherries, spice and seasoned oak. Very polished in the mouth, with a charge of Bing cherry and black raspberry fruit that is fresh and alive all the way through the remarkably long finish. Very charming and sophisticated, with the harmony to age beautifully. Score: 93. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Rochioli-Allen Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.69, 317 cases, $70. Released September 2014. Sourced from Rochioli Vineyard and Allen Vineyard which lie opposite on Westside Road. Both vineyards are farmed by the Rochioli family. Clones are Pommard from the Allen Old (planted in 1974) and New (planted in 1996) North Hill blocks, with the balance consisting of Pommard from Rochioli River Block. 10% whole cluster. 5 to 7-day cold soak, 10 to 15-day extended maceration, aged on the primary lees 14 months in 40% new French oak. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. Vibrant aromas of raspberry, black cherry, rose petal and baking spice are attention-grabbing. A vigorous mid palate attack of black raspberry and ollaliberry flavors is tenacious and palate soaking. There is a compliment of spice, earth, oak and savory herb notes in the background. Very smoothly textured with well-managed tannins, bright acidity, and a remarkable intensely fruited finish. Still fine the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, with the grand cru finish still in evidence. This dreamy Pinot will age gracefully. Score: 93-94. Reviewed October 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Selection Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.31, TA 0.70, 5,122 cases, $35. A blend from a dozen vineyards. Aged 7 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Moderate golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromas of golden apple, lemon, buttered brioche and toasty oak. A typical Gary Farrell, acid-driven Chardonnay with flavors of apple, lemon and toasted oak with some citrus-driven length on the brisk finish. Score: 87. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Gary Farrell Westside Farms Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.3% alc., 621 cases, $38. Release September 2013. Ron and Pam Kaiser farm their 40-acre vineyard located four miles north of Gary Farrell winery. The vines were planted in 1989 to Clone 4 on deep, river-deposited sandy loam soils. · Light golden straw color and clear in the glass. Subdued aromas of citrus and buttered corn. Very understated and elegant, with delicate flavors of lemon, green apple and faint oak contributions. Picks up some intensity and interest over time in the glass and leaves a brisk, refreshing impression. Should improve with more bottle age. Score: 87. Reviewed July 21, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Gary Farrell Olivet Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.2% alc., pH 3.23, TA 0.74, 315 cases, $45. Release May 2013. Sourced from the Pellegrini Family’s Olivet Lane Vineyard that was originally planted in 1975 on the Santa Rosa Plain. This 65- acre vineyard was one of the first in the Russian River Valley planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The clone is Wente selection on AXR rootstock. The regular fog intrusion and well-drained clay loam soils are ideal for growing Chardonnay. Aged 7 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Inaugural release from this vineyard and what a winner! · Light golden straw color and clear in the glass. Aromas of lemon, honey, pineapple and buttery oak lead to a delicious fruit-charged wine with a bevy of citrus, lemongrass and caramel flavors lifted by an hi-tone cut of acidity. A seductive creaminess adds to the appeal and the tonal finish perks up the palate for more. Quintessential Russian River Valley Chardonnay with a historical pedigree. Score: 95. Reviewed July 21, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.47, TA 0.62, 6,062 cases, $45. Released October 2013. A blend of 8 vineyards in the Russian River Valley. 100% destemmed, 5-day cold soak, aged 8 months in 40% new French oak barrels. The wine was racked and returned just once out of barrel before final blending and bottling. · Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. Highly aromatic, with bright scents of Bing cherries, baking spice, sassafras and oak. Mid weight flavors of dark cherries are framed by oak in a crisp, juicy style with pleasing acidity. Easy to drink, and food friendly, although showing a little more cloak of oak than I like. Score: 88. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.24, TA 0.72, 405 cases, $50. Released May 2013. Aged 7 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light straw color and clear in the glass. Shy, but pleasing aromas of lemongrass, apple, white peach and lemon peel. Creamy and full on the mid palate, offering relatively intense flavors of lemon, grilled pineapple, vanilla and roasted nuts. Thoroughly enjoyable with plenty of verve despite its fruit load, finishing with a lovely lemon drop note. Score: 92. Reviewed July 21, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Gary Farrell Stiling Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.37, TA 0.62, 266 cases, $50. Release date February 2014. Owners Don and Barbara Stiling converted a 48-acre apple orchard to vineyards back in 1988. Goldridge soils, coastal fog intrusions. Field selection of Swan clone. Small crop and delayed harvest. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, aged 13 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Racked and returned just once out of barrel before final blending and bottling. · Moderately light ruby red color in the glass. Lovely aromas of Bing cherries, red roses and oak spice. An elegant wine that speaks of the cool vintage with flavors of cherries, blueberries and plum with a hint of oak in the background. Silky and juicy with lively acidity, picking up some intensity over time in the glass. Not a powerful wine by any stretch, but some finishing vigor, very welcoming and easy to like. Score: 89. Reviewed December 18, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 602 cases, $55. Release September 2013. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Very aromatic with enticing aromas of dark cherries and raspberries and spice. Very tasty with moderately intense flavors of darker stone and berry fruits and cassis, and a very subtle complement of oak and spice. Nicely balanced tannins, well-integrated acidity and a finish with considerable fruit-driven intensity. An impressive wine from a challenging vintage. Score: 91. Reviewed July 21, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Gary Farrell Toboni Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.64, 400 cases, $56. Released May 2013. From the Toboni Oakwild Ranch Vineyard planted in 2001 to clones 115, 667, 777 and Pommard on 101-14 rootstock. Located in the Santa Rosa Plain, the site experiences sunny, warm days and morning fog. Soils are clay loam with some mineral and gravel composites. 100% de-stemmed, aged 8 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light red color in the glass. Appealing aromas of alpine strawberries, cherries and redwood forest. Light and straightforward, and well-crafted, but lacks bling. Red and blue fruits are featured backed by oak-driven notes of tea and spice, with very supply tannins. l have had enticing wines from this vineyard in the past, but the site underperformed in this difficult, cool vintage. Score: 88. Reviewed July 21, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Gary Farrell Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.43, TA 0.62, 143 cases, $60. Release June 2014. Sourced from one of the newer Bacigalupi vineyards, Frost Ranch bought by the Bacigalupi family in 1993 and Block 9 is planted entirely to a Wente selection of Pinot Noir. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, aged 13 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Racked and returned once out of barrel before final blending and bottling. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Appealing aromas of black cherry, forest floor, spice and rose petal emerge over time in the glass. The exuberant black cherry and raspberry core provides good richness on the mid palate, carrying over to a generous and sleek finish replete with notes of dried herbs and tea leaves. The fine-grain tannins and forward fruit make for easy drinking now. Score: 90. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Dijon Clones Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.57, 400 cases, $60. Released May 2013. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak in small, open-top tanks. Aged 8 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherries, baking spice, dried rose petals and new oak lead to middleweight, perfectly ripened flavors of dark cherries, black raspberries and oak spice. A spot of cola, sassafras and mushroom earthiness adds interest. Smooth on the palate with supportive tannins and welcoming accessibility. Score: 88. Reviewed October 11, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Clone 777 7% Whole Cluster Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.60, 260 cases, $65. Released September 2013. One of a new series of wines called the (Winemaker’s) Inspiration Series for limited release. Inaugural bottling. From Block C at the Hallberg Vineyard, one of the coolest parts of the vineyard planted to clone 777. Aged 13 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose offers the essence of black cherries with accents of cardamom spice, dark red rose petals and oak vanillin. Delicious core of fresh black cherry and red raspberry fruits with a hint of exotic spice, savory herbs and cedary oak. The wine is soft and smooth on the palate with pleasing finesse, and finishes with a well-endowed cherry-driven finish. Score: 91. Reviewed October 11, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.58, 294 cases, $70. Release date February 2014. Sourced from several blocks in the 128-acre Rochioli Vineyard planted in 1974, 1995 and 2000. Very low crop size in this vintage due to delayed bud break and rain during the peak of flowering. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, aged 13 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of ripe dark cherries, cola and a hint of espresso. Light on its feet, even ephemeral in this vintage, with delicate flavors of black cherry, sassafras, cola and spice. Some intensity on the dry finish, but doesn’t deliver the punch that we have come to expect from this vineyard. Still, it is a very classy wine that could pick up intensity over time in the bottle. Kudos to the winemaker for bringing out the best the vineyard had to offer in this difficult vintage. Score: 90. Reviewed December 18, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.2% alc., pH 3.32, TA 0.66. $32. · Light straw color and clear in the glass. Aromas of lemon curd, crème brûlée, and toasted oak. Lean flavors of honeyed pear, vanilla wafer and lemon. High acidity, lagging a bit in flavor interest and nuance. Good (-). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.2% alc., pH 3.22, TA 0.73, 2,752 cases, $32. Released August 2012. A blend from four notable Russian River Valley vineyards. · Light straw color and clear in the glass. Lemony, buttery, nutty and slightly smoky on the nose. Light and crisp, with lemon custard and peach flavors, lifted by bright acidity, finishing with a refreshing zest of lemon. Good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.2% alc.,pH 3.22, TA 0.73, 2,752 cases, $35. Released August 1, 2012. Sourced from four Russian River Valley Vineyards. Aged 7 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Light straw color and clear in the glass. Aromas of lemon curd, candle wax, bark and oak. A richer style with flavors of baked apple crisp, grilled citrus and toasty oak. The fruit has a very ripe, cooked quality typical of many Russian River Valley Chardonnays. A good backing of acidity saves the wine. Decent. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Westside Farms Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.4% alc., pH 3.29, TA 0.74, 372 cases, $38. Released May 2012. From a 40-acre vineyard planted in 1989 to Clone 4. Large spacing, tall vines, moderately high yields yet good concentration and balance. · Light straw color and clear in the glass. Shy, but pleasing aromas of lemon, lime, roasted nuts and a tropical note. Good concentration of baked apple, white peach, honey, caramel and nutty flavors. Very good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Westside Farms Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.2% alc., pH 3.29, TA 0.74, 372 cases, $38. From a 40-acre vineyard a short distance from the winery farmed by Ron and Pam Kaiser. Clone 4 planted in 1989. Whole cluster pressed, 100% barrel fermented, aged 7 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Light golden straw color in the glass. Demure aromas of citrus peel, tropical fruits and vanilla with a subtle steely tone. Juicy with delicate flavors of lemon, lime, white peach, brown butter and a hint of smoky oak. Rather reserved, but pleasant. Good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.65, 6,842 cases, $42. Released December 2012. Sourced from seven notable Russian River Valley vineyards. Aged 8 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color and clear in the glass. The red fruit spectrum of strawberry, raspberry, cranberry and cherry is featured with appealing accents of spice and oak. Good acidity makes for refreshing drinking. A solid, even impressive appellation wine. Good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.65, 6,842 cases, $42. Released December 2012. Sourced from multiple premium vineyards including Toboni, Hallberg, Floodgate and Rochioli. 100% de-stemmed, aged 8 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · The nose is quite charming, particularly for those who cherish Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Aromas of Bing and Maraschino cherries, spice and brioche, with a slight confected tone. Mid-weight cherry core with a subtle oak riff and a crisp, citrus-driven finish. Elegant and pleasant with a refreshing tone. Good. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.38, TA 0.724, 483 cases, $44. Released May 2012. Sourced from the legendary “Q Block,” considered the most prestigious Pinot Noir block on this famous vineyard. 100% de-stemmed, aged 8 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of black cherry, raspberry and baking spice. Noticeably intense flavor of steaming, fresh black cherry tart fresh out of the oven slathered in French vanilla creme. Finishes with a hint of Hoison sauce, herbs and classy oak. Like all the Gary Farrell Pinot Noirs in this vintage, the balance is spot on, guaranteeing the potential for mid to long-term cellaring. Score: 92. Reviewed July 21, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.27, TA 0.65, 288 cases, $45. Released November 2012. · Light straw color and clear in the glass. A little tight this morning, offering delicate aromas of lemon curd, almond skin and vanilla. Crisp, juicy core of lemon and pear flavors with a powerful and lengthy finish. Very good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.27, TA 0.65, 288 cases, $45. Released November 2012. Gently whole cluster pressed, 100% barrel fermented for 7 months in 40% new Francois Frères oak barrels. · Light golden straw color and clear in the glass. Clean citrus and apple aromas accented with faint buttery oak and petrichor. Flavors of grilled peach, lemon and nougat, with an intensity that persists long after the wine is swallowed. Soft in the mouth and relatively reserved, but very polished and high-collared, and appropriately fueled by steely acidity. The finishing presence is what makes this a wine apart. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Rochioli-Allen Vineyards Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.0% alc., pH 3.35, TA 0.66, 298 cases, $45. Released February 2013. Multiple clones from both the renowned Rochioli and Allen vineyards. · Light straw color and clear in the glass. Shy aromas of citrus, baked pear, and spice lead to a well-composed palate-filling wine featuring flavors that echo the aromas. This wine is all about concentration and length, yet has the vivid acid backbone needed to energize the flavors and lift the finish. Exceptional. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Rochioli-Allen Vineyards Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.35, TA 0.66, 298 cases, $45. Sourced from Rochioli and Allen vineyards. 100% barrel fermented for 7 months in 40% new Francois Frères oak barrels. · Light golden straw color and clear in the glass. Aromas of buttery brioche, lemon, pear and smoky oak. Restrained and reserved, offering flavors of citrus, honeyed caramel and the slightest oak, and a slightly creamy texture. A solid, slightly austere wine that was more striking when reviewed three months ago. Good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Ramal Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.46, TA 0.66, 784 cases, $50. Released December 2012. Twelve different clones among 45 vineyard blocks. 100% de-stemmed, aged 8 months in 40% new French oak barrels. It is a tribute to the fastidious vineyard work and subsequent grape sorting (heat spikes scorched and sunburned many clusters) that this wine turned out so beautifully. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Enchanting nose offering dreamy aromas of fresh cherries, sandalwood and spice. Very soft and satiny in the mouth with a noble cherry core, offering an earthy underbelly so typical of Carneros. Impeccably balanced t n ‘a, while exhibiting oodles of charm, and finishing with a charge of citrus-laced cherries. Ramal-lama-ding-dong. Score: 95. Reviewed July 21, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Stiling Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.39, TA 0.63, 296 cases, $50. Released February 2013. Originally planted in 1988 by owners Don and Barbara Stiling, this site has well-drained Goldridge soils and has the typical Russian River Valley coastal fog intrusions. Swan clone. 100% de-stemmed, aged 13 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Very typical of a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir in a cool vintage showing more delicacy. Aromas of Bing cherries, strawberries and baking spices. Very silky on the palate with a core of red cherry, red raspberry and cranberry fruit flavors. The oak is beautifully integrated, the tannins are quite reserved, the bright acidity adds freshness and verve, and the whole package is easy to drink. Score: 90. Reviewed July 21, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.38, TA 0.724, 483 cases, $55. Released May 2012. Sourced from the legendary “Q Block.” Aged 8 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple hue and clear in the glass. Hold on to your seat when you taste this one. Aromas of dark red cherries and spice leap out of the glass. Clean and juicy on the palate with middleweight flavors of well-ripened cherries and raspberries, set off by the signature peppery spice of this region. Finishes with plenty of verve. Exceptional. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.41, TA 0.64, 520 cases, $55. Released September 2012. A 100-acre vineyard on Highway 116 in Sebastopol farmed by owner Kirk Lokka. Clones 667, 777, 828 and Pommard. Aged 13 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Deep reddish-purple color and clear in the glass. This wine reflects nicely the terroir of this vineyard displaying aromas of chocolate-covered black cherries and black plums with a slight savory tone, and flavors of black cherry, cola, anise and dark chocolate. The most concentrated wine in the lineup with firm, fine-grain tannins, and a fruit-driven finish. Very good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.41, TA 0.64, 520 cases, $55. Released September 2012. Release September 2013. From the 100-acre Hallberg Vineyard named for its previous owners and managed by wine industry veteran Kirk Lokka. Located on Highway 116 outside of the town of Sebastopol on the southern edge of the Green Valley. 100% de-stemmed, aged 13 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Lively aromas of cherries, blueberries, toast and cardamom spice. Delicious darker fruit array of flavors featuring black cherry, blueberry and pomegranate, with a complimentary hint of new oak. Somewhat lighter in this vintage and very elegant in presentation. The tannins are quite supple and there is a good acid skeleton. Very approachable now but has the balance to hold and even improve over the next five to ten years. Score: 90. Reviewed July 21, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Dijon Clones Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.41, TA 0.64, 401 cases, $60. Released February 2013. Clones 667 and 777. 100% de-stemmed, aged 13 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Black stone and berry fruits on the nose and palate are punctuated with exotic Indian spices, and earth, floral and forest notes. Moderately rich and full-bodied with a welcoming velvety mouth feel, and a very lengthy finish that displays a good cut of acidity and a touch of heat. Score: 90. Reviewed July 21, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.41, TA 0.72, 291 cases, $65. Released November 2012. Sourced from blocks planted in 1974, 1995 and 2000 with some cuttings taken from the original “mother” block planted in 1968. Pommard clone. Aged 13 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color and clear in the glass. This wine is still very young but the potential is obvious. Shy aromas of Bing cherries and spice with a hint of citrus and mint. Discreetly concentrated flavors of black cherries, rhubarb, cola and spice wrapped in balanced tannins and finishing with uncommon power. Very good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.41, TA 0.72, 291 cases, $65. Released November 2012. This release is from select blocks of the 128-acre Rochioli Vineyard planted in 1974, 1995 and 2000. Some of the fruit is from cuttings taken from the original mother block planted in 1968. 100% destemmed. Aged 13 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Bright aroma of fresh Bing cherry tart and sandalwood. A pretty wine characterized by balance and elegance. Relatively delicate cherry, raspberry and cola flavors with tame tannins, a texture like a velvet-lined glove, and bright acidity. Like fine lingerie, this wine seduces you with laciness and transparency. The winemaking is impeccable and allows the vintage and the vineyard terroir to show through. Score: 95. Reviewed July 21, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.49, TA 0.69, $35. Released May 1, 2011. Sourced from multiple vineyards including Rochioli, Allen and Hallberg. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Muted aromas of well-oaked dark cherry and berry fruit. Savory and slight tart, with flavors of red cherries and cranberries, with riffs of herbs and oak. Mild tannins and very brisk acidity. Lacks the lush fruit character that is usually the high point for Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Decent. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Gary Farrell Westside Farms Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.2% alc., pH 3.36, TA 0.68, 916 cases, $38. Released May 1, 2011. Sourced from growers Ron and Pam Kaiser’s 40-acre vineyard that sits on the banks of the Russian River, just four miles from the Gary Farrell winery. The Chardonnay vines are clone 4 planted in 1989. Whole-cluster pressed, racked to 100% French oak barrels (43% new, 47% 1-yearold, and 10% 2-year-old), aged sur lie for 7 months. 100% malolactic fermentation. · Light straw color in the glass. Aromas of warm baked apple, butter brickle, flint and marzipan. Moderately intense flavors of baked green apples, lemon curd, hazelnuts and buttered toast with slightly dry tannins and some length on the aciddriven finish. Very good. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Gary Farrell Stiling Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.42, TA 0.65, 287 cases, $50. Vineyard owners, Don (now deceased) and Barbara Stiling converted a 48-acre apple ranch to vineyards in 1988. The site has well-drained Goldridge soils. Field selection of Swan clone. · Light reddishpurple color in the glass. Shy scent of red cherries, red berries, candy jar and herbs. Elegant array of red fruits with a slight confected bent, finishing with lengthy flavors of cherry cola and herbs. The tannins are restrained and a very soft mouth feel adds to the appeal. I liked it more over time in the glass. Very good. Reviewed December 8, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc. pH 3.37, TA 0.60, 626 cases, $55. Released September 1, 2011. This 100- acre vineyard is named for previous owners Don and Marcia Hallberg. Today it is farmed by partner and Sonoma-Cutrer alumnus Kirk Lokka. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Pleasant aromas of dark red and black fruits, spice, and wine cask, developing complexity over time in the glass. Tasty core of earth-kissed black plum and blackberry flavors with the fruit pulled into line with structured tannins and zippy citric acidity. A complimentary hint of oak brings up the rear. Drank nicely the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Dijon Clones Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.42, TA 0.67, 307 cases, $60. Released February 1, 2012. 100-acre vineyard named for its previous owners, Don and Marcia Hallberg. Now meticulously farmed by owner Kirk Lokka, a Sonoma-Cutrer alumnus. Dijon clones. · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of dark red and black cherries and berries, picking up more intensity over time in the glass. Very soft and silky in the mouth, with flavors of earthkissed dark red and purple fruits, finishing with exuberant cherries and raspberries and a good cut of acidity. Not fully expressive now, but still leaves a nice impression. Very good. Reviewed December 8, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.48, TA 0.61, 406 cases, $65. Released November 1, 2011. Sourced from blocks planted in 1974, 1995 and 2000. Some of the fruit came from cuttings taken from the original “mother” block planted in 1968. Pommard clone. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Needs some swirling in the glass to open up. Attractive perfume of well-ripened black cherries and baking spice. Middleweight flavors of cherry cola, spice and subtle oak caressed by gossamer tannins, finishing with uplifting acidity. Beautifully crafted. Not very expressive now, but one senses this could become extraordinary with several years in the cellar. Always the best Pinot Noir in the Gary Farrell stable. Reviewed December 8, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Dijon Clones Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

100% clone 777. · Enticing aromas of plums, black cherries and underbrush. Very tasty core of dark red fruits that are nicely spiced. Still a Lolita and will need time to integrate the oak and shed some tannins, but the potential here is clearly all upside. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

This wine makes you sit up and take notice of the legendary pedigree. Lovely dark red fruits, cola and spice wrapped in ripe, firm tannins and set off beautifully by balancing acidity. Not to the level of the 2007 bottling at this stage, but clearly another glass of class. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Gary Farrell Carneros Selection Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.41, 933 cases, $32. Released February 2010. Sourced from unique blocks at Ramal Vineyard. Barrel fermented in 33% new French oak barrels for 7 months. · Clear and straw colored in the glass. Austere aromas of lemon juice and fresh cut grass. Well-endowed with moderately rich flavors of canned peaches, honeydew and roasted nuts which linger on the finish. Nothing out of place. Good. Reviewed August 24, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.47, TA 0.63, 4,332 cases, $42. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, inoculation with Assmannshausen yeast, aged 8 months in a combination of 30% new, 27% 1- year old, 20% 2-year old, and 23% 3-year old French oak barrels. Winemaker Susan Reed. · Typical Russian River Valley perfume of Bing cherries, baking spices and cola. Slightly tart and lean flavors of well-spiced cherries and cranberries with oak providing support in the background and a note of minerality playing in the background. Soft, smooth and clean with brisk acidity. A restrained, food-friendly style that does not offer quite the fruit impact that one has come to expect from Russian River Valley appellation bottlings. Good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Selection Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.47, 4,332 cases, $42. To be released September 2010. Aged 8 months in 30% new French oak. · Subdued aromas of red cherries, red licorice and oak vanillin. Welcoming richness of juicy dark red fruits with a spark of acidity on the refreshing finish. Good. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Gary Farrell Carneros Selection Carneros Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.50, 932 cases, $45. Released in April 2010. Sourced from six blocks of the Ramal Vineyard. Aged in 44% new French oak. · Subdued aromas of exotic dark fruits, herbs and violets. Delicious essence of black cherries with the fruit playing the lead role over earthiness. Soft and smooth in the mouth. Very good. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Gary Farrell Carneros Selection Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.50, 932 cases, $45. Released April 2010. Sourced from Ramal Vineyard in Carneros. Aged in 44% new French oak barrels for 9 months. Clones 667, Pommard 5, 828, 115, Swan. · Needs time in the glass to unfold, revealing attractive scents of black cherries and blackberries with a well mannered touch of smoky oak. Earthy, herbal and flush with dark berry fruits, this silky wine aims to please with a seamless backbone of restrained tannins and a proper grip of acid. Very good. Reviewed August 24, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay

14.2% alc., pH 3.32, 6,677 cases, $32. Barrel fermented in 100% French oak barrels (33% new) for 7 months. · Straw colored. Scents of pear, melon and restrained oak. Moderately rich flavors of apple, pear, lemon and the slightest oak. Smooth and very slightly viscous with a nice grip of acidity. Decent (+). Reviewed October 29, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Gary Farrell Carneros Selection Carneros Chardonnay

14.2% alc., pH 3.41, 780 cases, $36. Released in February 2009. Multiple clones from Ramal Vineyard in Carneros. Aged 7 months in 41% new French oak. · Shy on the nose but with pleasing flavors of poached pears, white peach and subtle oak spice with a steely acidity driving the mineral-toned finish. Good. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.2% alc., pH 3.32, 6,677 cases, $36. Released in February 2009. Multiple clones, primarily Russian River Valley fruit with some Carneros and Bien Nacido fruit. Barrel fermented and aged in 33% new French oak. · A clean, demure wine with aromas and flavors of lemon curd, tropical fruits and roasted nuts with a refreshing lift of acidity on the fruity finish. Good. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Gary Farrell Rochioli-Allen Vineyards Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.2% alc., pH 3.35, 472 cases, $41. Released November 1, 2009. Clone 5, 15, 12 and 8 from Rochioli Vineyard (43%) and clones 15 and 76 from Allen Vineyard (57%). Aged in 55% new French oak. · Needs some time in the glass to release its charms. Lovely scent of lemons, poached apples, and wet rocks leading to a relatively lush mouth feel and flavors of tropical fruits, orange peel, and green apples. A wine with serious intentions. Very good. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Gary Farrell Carneros Selection Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.46, 1,336 cases, $42. Sourced from 10 blocks of the Ramal Vineyard in the Carneros appellation. Clones 115, 777, 828, Pommard 5. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, fermented in stainless steel tanks with regular punch downs. Aged in 37% new French oak barrels for 9 months before bottling. · Feral nose of barnyard, forest floor, and smoky oak. Understated cherry core with grilled meat, smoke and oak in the background. Silky and mildly tannic with bright acidity. A shy wine that is not particularly exciting. Decent. Reviewed October 29, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Gary Farrell Carneros Selection Carneros Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.46, 1,336 cases, $45. Released in April 2009. Sourced from ten blocks of the Ramal Vineyard. · Intensely dark fruited nose which is very enticing. Savory flavors of black cherries and dark berries with a subtle earth and mineral underpinning and mild but noticeable fine-grain tannins. Very typical of Carneros Pinot Noir. Good (+). Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Gary Farrell Cresta Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.3% alc., pH 3.27, 193 cases, $45. Released in June 2009. Cresta Ridge Vineyard is located in Sebastopol within the Green Valley- Russian River Valley appellation. Dijon clones 95 and 76. · Aromas of buttered popcorn, baked apples and oatmeal lead to discreetly rich flavors of lemon curd, bread stick and white stone fruits. Very impressive mineral-laden spine that brightens the finish and welcomes another sip. Very good. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Selection Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.49, 12,045 cases, $45. Released in September 2009. Sourced from eight Russian River Valley vineyards as well as Ramal Vineyard in Carneros and Bien Nacido Vineyards in Santa Maria Valley. · The aromas really come at you with bright notes of Bing cherries, raspberries, cola, oak spice and Provencal herbs. Red-fruited and discreetly concentrated with soft tannins and ending in a short but lively cherry-laden finish. Good. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.43, 527 cases, $50. The 100-acre Hallberg Vineyard was named for its previous owners Don and Marcia Hallberg and today is owned by a group of investors headed by Brice Jones of Emeritus. 58% clone 777, 31% clone 667, 11% Pommard. The grapes were 100% destemmed, 5-day cold soak, inoculated with Assmanshausen yeast for primary fermentation. Aged in 55% new French oak barrels for 12 months. · Moderately dark reddish-violet color. Rich and pleasing aromas of black cherries, dark berries and crusty bread. On the palate there is a mix of Pinot fruits including cherries, black raspberries and plums with a hint of citrus on the finish. Earth, tea and cola notes add interest. The mouthfeel is very smooth, the dry tannins are reserved, and the wine shows admirable Pinot finesse. My only nit is that the wine lacks mid-palate impact and shows minimal finishing persistence, but these features should improve with another year or two in the bottle. Very good (-) Reviewed October 29, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.43, 527 cases, $50. Released in November 2009. The 100-acre Hallberg Vineyard is named for previous owners Don and Marcia Hallberg and today is owned by investors headed by Brice Jones (Emeritus) and farmed by one owner, Kirk Lokka. 58% clone 777, 31% clone 667 and 11% Pommard clone. · Deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of crisp dark fruits, forest floor and woodshed. Intense and thick on the palate with hints of grilled meat, tea and tobacco accenting the luscious black cherry and blackberry core. Remarkable persistence on the finish which features a hint of citrus peel. As different from the Rochioli bottling as night and day, but equally fine. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Gary Farrell Starr Ridge Vineyard Dijon Clones Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.50, 298 cases, $50. Released November 1, 2009. Dijon clones 114, 115 and 777 from the 24-acre Starr Ridge Vineyard located in the hills just east of the Russian River and southwest of the town of Windsor. · Terrific aromatics featuring an intense perfume of dark, red and black cherry and berry fruits. On the palate, the wine lags the showy aromas, offering a shy but similar fruit profile with notes of forest floor, seasoned oak and savory herbs. Needs more time to shed the oak and drying tannins. Good. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Dijon Clones Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.44, 303 cases, $60. Released in February 2010. 52% clone 777, 43% clone 667 and 4% Pommard. · Deep, dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Similar aroma profile to the Hallberg bottling with high notes of forest floor and woodshed, but with redder berry scents. More fruit charm and crisper on the palate, less earthy and showing less grilled fruit flavors. Noticeable ripe tannins, but very smooth in the mouth. Very good. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.43, 519 cases, $65. Released November 1, 2009. Sourced from a 13-acre block of Rochioli Vineyard that border the Russian River planted in 1995 and taken from cuttings of the original “mother” West Block planted in 1969. Pommard clone. · A stunning wine that hits all the high notes. Enticing and intensely perfumed nose of black cherries, spice and loamy earth. Delicious core of berry and currant flavors with a spectacular cherry-driven aromatic finish that lingers for what seems like a minute. Beautifully composed, with tannins, fruit and acidity singing in harmony along with a velvety mouth feel. Class in the glass. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2004 Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery Starr Ridge Vineyard Dijon Clones Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

179 cases, $60. Gary Farrell Pinot Noirs are a benchmark for the Russian River Valley and are consistently excellent. The 24-acre Starr Ridge Vineyard is owned by Gary and Debbie Farrell. The wine is available on the website. · The style is one of power with elegance and eminent age ability. This Pinot starts with very pleasing aromatics featuring bright red cherries, rhubarb and roses. The fruit has great purity and persistence with lovely depth of flavor and is enhanced by tasty oak. The whole package finishes with a good tannic backbone and acid edge. Reviewed January 22, 2007 ARTICLE »