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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Gary Farrell Russian River Pinot Noir 2009
Gary Farrell Russian River Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 115238)
James Suckling rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 PinotReport rating: 90 points
2008 Burghound.com rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Russian River Selection, from yet another strong vintage, possesses bright clarity and medium intensity in appearance with a dark ruby color. Intense aromas of dried dark cherries, plums and raspberries are matched with warm spices like cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. An earthy note of leather adds complexity to the nose. The palate shows medium plus acidity, flavor intensity, body and length with a seductive texture leading to a balanced finish. This wine will continue to reward for years to come!
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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.