2021 GARY FARRELL Pinot Noir Russian River Selection

GARY FARRELL Pinot Noir Russian River Selection

¥10,670 (incl. tax)

By sourcing Pinot Noir from five vineyards around the Russian River AVA, winemaker Theresa Heredia can blend fruit from microclimates that range from cool but sunny, to moderately foggy and cool, to extremely foggy and chilly. Each site adds an element to the blend, be it darker or redder fruit, acidity, tannin, texture, or acidity. The result is a seductive Pinot Noir that’s light on its feet yet generous, offering layers of bright cherry, cranberry, floral and spicy notes. Although 2021 was a drought year that trimmed grape yields, it has been heralded for the quality of fruit and for being a “back-to-normal” harvest after the wildfire year of 2020. Jeb Dunnuck describes the wine as “singing on opening, with gorgeous purity to its perfume of cherry cola, candied roses, and fresh pine. It’s medium-bodied, but it fills the palate with fine tannins, a rounded mid-palate, and even-keeled acidity, with all its components harmonious through a refreshing and clean finish.”


Winery Description

On trying the first wine Gary Farrell made (a 1978 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir) in a wine competition, the renowned Russian-born enologist, André Tchelistcheff was said to remarked, “whoever made it, he knows Pinot Noir.” Since that time Farrell went on not only to make excellent Pinot Noir, but to play a key role in the transformation of rural Russian River Valley into a world class producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Young and self-taught, Farrell served as winemaker for Bynum as well as Joe Rochioli and continued to receive Rochioli fruit on a handshake basis long after founding his own winery in 1982. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Farrell set a high bar for small-lot, Russian River Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Though he sold the winery in 2004 (and retired from the wine business in 2013), his legacy is alive and well at the Gary Farrell Winery. Owned by the Vincraft Group since 2012, the winery remains true to Gary’s belief in vineyard-designated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from such “Grand Cru” properties as Rochioli, Allen, Westside Farms, and Hallberg. In recent years, the winery has added more storied, heritage vineyards to its portfolio, such as Ritchie, Bacigalupi and Martinelli in RRV, as well as the Durrell Vineyard in Sonoma Valley and the Bien Nacido Vineyard, in the Santa Maria Valley. Because of variations in soils, micro-climate, orientation, clones, and age, these vineyards offer the winery the opportunity to produce wines of place and unique character. Since 2012, the winemaker has been Theresa Heredia, a chemistry researcher-turned-winemaker who arrived with several years’ of experience in cool-climate winemaking at Freestone Winery, the Sonoma Coast operation owned by Joseph Phelps. She has evolved the Gary Farrell house style toward even greater elegance and balance with such “innovative” (actually old!) techniques as early picking, extended maceration, fermentation with whole clusters and native yeasts, aging in large-sized (500 L) puncheons and even some old-fashioned foot treading. Improvements at Gary Farrell have not gone unnoticed by the press. Food and Wine Magazine chose the 2015 Russian River Selection Pinot Noir as one of the PNs “to drink if you want to be an expert,” while Wine Enthusiast selected the 2015 Russian River Selection Chardonnay as its No. 1 of the Enthusiast Top 100 in 2017. 

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Russian River Valley (Sonoma)
Winery Gary Farrell
Vintage 2021
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.5 x 30.0
Case Size 36.0 x 27.0 x 32.0
Alcohol 13.9%
Product Code GF21PN
UPC 837434000036

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Tasting notes

93 points – Wine Enthusiast, 91 points – Jeb Dunnuck.

A seductive nose combines aromas of cherry liquor and boysenberries with notes of tobacco, fennel and roses. A medium-bodied palate shows juicy blood orange, sour cherries and rhubarb, with notes of savory herbs. Silky tannins, crisp acidity and a bit of oak support the flavors through a long finish. 



Pinot Noir clusters are destemmed and fermented in open-top fermenters and aged in 40% new French oak for 13 months. 

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