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.
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This wine is a great example of what low yields, cool weather and meticulous farming practices can produce in a difficult season. Enticing aromas of stone fruit, honeysuckle and lemongrass fill the glass, followed by a flavor profile of exceptional intensity and vibrant acidity, balanced by a rich... more
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Shows bright clarity and pale intensity in appearance with a pale straw color. The nose shows medium plus intensity with a youthful development and aromas of grapefruit and lime. Additional aromas of pear, banana, along with a touch of grass, jalapeno and tropical fruit add depth. The palate is dry... more
The cool weather in 2011 combined with an extended growing season to produce wines with intensity, vibrant color and enticing floral aromatics. This wine exudes complex aromas of sour cherry compote, candied ginger, cedar, tangerine zest, black pepper and sweet cherry wood followed by an intriguing... more
This release reveals a delicate pale straw hue in the glass, with a lovely, bright clarity. Aromas of bright citrus and tart Granny Smith apple introduce richer tones of stone fruit, vanilla and grapefruit, nicely framed by just a touch of fresh hay and sweet white floral tones. The palate echoes... more
This wine is the culmination of extreme attention to detail. Our fastidious viticultural and winemaking techniques during a cool growing season yielded a fresh, vibrant wine with pure regional varietal character and flinty aromas reminiscent of a young Meursault. Deceivingly pale at first glance,... more
Mouthwatering aromas of blackberry, tea leaf, tobacco, cola, anise and violets fill the glass to the brim, enticing the senses. Brandy-soaked black cherries, seasoned oak and savory balsamic reduction mingle on the palate, followed by an elegant backbone of firm tannins and vibrant acidity. more
The Sauvignon Blanc shows a straw to pale gold color with light intensity and bright clarity in appearance. The nose shows medium plus intensity with a youthful development and aromas of lychee, pineapple, candied banana, melon and gooseberry. The palate is dry with medium plus acidity, body,... more
The 2009 Sauvignon Blanc shows a straw to pale gold color with pale intensity and bright clarity in appearance. The nose shows medium plus intensity with a youthful development and aromas of lychee, pineapple, candied banana, melon and gooseberry. The palate is dry with medium plus acidity, body,... more
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... more
This 2009 Russian River Chardonnay shows a lemon-gold color with medium intensity and bright clarity in appearance. The developing nose has medium intensity showing ripe green apple, pear, candied lemon and lime, roasted grains and delicate
notes of vanilla and butterscotch. The palate is dry with... more
The 2008 Russian River Selection shows tremendous concentration and power from another strong vintage. Intense aromas of dark cherries and plums are matched with warm spices and a leathery earthiness. The palate show great depth, weight and acidity with a seductive texture leading to a balanced... more