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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Gary Farrell Russian River Pinot Noir 2002
Gary Farrell Russian River Pinot Noir 2002
(search item no. 78771)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 PinotReport rating: 90 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Burghound.com rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of violets and raspberries lead to a delicious core of plum, wild berries and spice. The flavors are endless on the palate, and culminate with refreshing acidity and a just a hint of structure building tannin on the finish. This wine is seamless and clean, shows wonderful purity of fruit and exhibits classic balance between its many fruit and structural components.
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About Gary Farrell:

A pioneer in the Russian River Valley wine region, winemaker Gary Farrell released his first vintage of Pinot Noir in 1982 to widespread critical acclaim. For 25 years, Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery has crafted small-lot artisan wines that capture the impeccable balance and stylistic elegance of some of the finest vineyard sites in the region. Noted cool-climate winemaker Susan Reed now presides over the award-winning winemaking program. Susan worked alongside Gary Farrell in the winery for four years, and she continues to craft the winery's new releases in the hallmark style developed by Gary himself, meticulously handcrafting each lot to capture the innate elegance and layered complexity of each individual vineyard site and growing region.