100% Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley, California.
Sample submitted for review. SRP of $45 and available for as low as $32. 6,062 cases produced.
From the winery:
“This blend marries eight vineyards from around the Russian River Valley, taking advantage of varied climates and unique site characteristics to create a rich and complex wine. The Nonella and Toboni vineyards are located in the Santa Rosa Plains, a distinctly cooler and foggier area just south of the winery. Floodgate, Bacigalupi and McIntyre are in the slightly warmer Middle Reach subdivision, which is in closer proximity to the river. Stephens, Galante and Hallberg are all within the boundaries of the much colder Green Valley sub-appellation where the vines are exposed to more extreme and much cooler conditions.
This wine exudes complex aromas of sour cherry compote, candied ginger, cedar, tangerine zest, black pepper and sweet cherry wood followed by an intriguing flavor profile of wild berry preserves, hibiscus, pomegranate liqueur and plum chutney. Incredibly balanced and nicely nuanced, the finish offers velvety tannins and bright, crisp acidity.
We’re big fans of Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley, which is why we often turn to these wines when it comes time for a Saturday Splurge. So, you might be wondering, what makes this area so special? In short, the Russian River Valley with its cool weather (it’s one of the coolest AVAs in California), abundant morning fog and long growing season is perfect for growing and ripening excellent Pinot Noir grapes full of flavor and complexity.
The 2011 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir begins with beautiful and complex aroma of black cherry and spice along with secondary notes of citrus, a little cedar and some nice floral notes. The wine tastes excellent with a very smooth, velvety mouthfeel full of blackberry, black cherry and cola flavors along with a bit of an earthy note. Lovely oaky spice, cedar and black pepper lead into the long, dry finish of this wonderfully balanced wine. Fantastic!
For another Gary Farrell wine with an amazing mouthfeel check out the Gary Farrell Redwood Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2011.
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