Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Russian River    California   
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Date Printed: 10/2/2014
Gary Farrell Russian River Pinot Noir 2004
Gary Farrell Russian River Pinot Noir 2004
(search item no. 88096)

PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $43.99

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
2002 Wine & Spirits 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.


Red Wines    Barbera    Piedmont    Italy   
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Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2005
Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2005
(search item no. 91130)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is a lively and brilliant dark ruby-red. The odor is fresh and intense with clean scents of wild berries and hints of vanilla. The flavor is warm and robust, pleasant and balanced. The wine also features a big body.
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About Marchesi di Barolo:

Setting precedents is a characteristic of Piedmontese winemaking and Marchesi di Barolo, one of the region's premier producers of Barolo, is no exception. In the mid-1800s, Marchesi di Barolo became the first estate in Italy to vinify its red wines in a dry style, a revolutionary concept at the time, but one with enduring and immensely beneficial consequences for the entire Italian wine industry.

In contrast to its noble French counterparts, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, which flourish in various corners of the world, Nebbiolo rarely thrives outside its native Piedmontese habitat. While relatively resistant to frost, damp and mist, it is highly sensitive to terrain, faring best in the Langhe district's chalky, marly soil of maritime origin.

Producing majestic red wines of phenomenal depth, complexity and longevity, Nebbiolo is the earliest red grape variety in Piedmont to bud and the last to ripen. Its name derives from the early morning mists, or "nebbia," that shroud the lower slopes of the Langhe hillsides during the fall harvest period.

The Marchesi di Barolo estate takes pride in the international reputation it has established for its fine Barolo DOCG and two superb single-vineyard crus, Barolo Cannubi DOCG and Barolo Sarmassa DOCG, all made from 100% estate-grown Nebbiolo grapes.