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

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
From article: Sips of the Russian River Valley