Gary Farrell 2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Beginning in the late 1970s, Gary Farrell was working with seminal Russian River Valley vintners such as Davis Bynum, Joe Rochioli, Tom Dehlinger and Robert Stemmler. He made his first wine under the Gary Farrell label in 1982 and built the winery into one of the most acclaimed producers of small-lot Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the Russian River Valley. This latest release is true to form. The grapes for this Russian River Selection 2013 are sourced from some of the region's top vineyards, including Hallberg, Rochioli, Toboni and Hop Kiln, taking advantage of varied climates and unique site characteristics. The fruit was all destemmed (leaving just a little whole cluster) and hand sorted. It fermented in small open-top temperature controlled tanks. The wine aged 9 months in 35% new French oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast Magazine selected this as an "Editors' Choice" with a 95 point score, they said "This might be one of the best values on the market, given the quality. Equal parts pretty and funky, it's a tightly wound, savory, fruity wine that's elegant and compelling. The tannins and oak are lightly imprinted around strawberry-rhubarb and fresh-cut rose, and the texture seductively silky. This is a delicious treat of a wine that should also age."