2009 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River Selections

Year: 2009
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 89
Vinous Media: 88
Wine Enthusiast: 90
James Suckling: 94
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"This red offers a complex mix of flavors, with notes of ripe dried berry, crushed rock, light herb and savory berry, ending with a dry, loamy earth aftertaste. Drink now through 2019. 3,230 cases made." (WS)

"Bright ruby-red. Cherry and blackberry on the nose, along with a faint herbaceous quality. Offers spicy dark berry flavors of modest concentration, with a spicy element adding back-end cut. The tangy finish shows good grip and leaves a blackberry note behind." (IWC)

"Rich, ripe and classy, this shows real pedigree in its structure, with brisk acids, firm tannins and a hint of minerals providing the architecture for the cherry and pomegranate flavors. It finishes totally dry and is ready to drink now." (WE)

"Complex aromas, dried strawberries, cherries and flowers follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a long savory finish. This wine really makes you want to drink it. Open the bottle now or cellar for three or four years." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Another outstanding vintage, the 2009 Russian River Selection displays a dark ruby hue, with bright clarity and intensity. Focused aromas of dried dark cherry, plum and raspberry are balanced by warm spicy tones of cinnamon, clove and vanilla; an earthy undertone of leather adds an alluring complexity to the nose. The palate shows a gorgeous balance of acidity, flavor intensity, body and length, with a plush, seductive texture leading to an elegant finish. Showing beautifully now, this wine will continue to reward for years to come.

Vineyard Notes:
This Pinot Noir was sourced from some of the best known vineyards of the Russian River Valley, including Rochioli, Allen and Hallberg. Working closely with our neighboring growers, these vineyards are meticulously farmed to our specifications, yielding fruit with depth, concentration and a broad array of flavors. The grapes were hand harvested between August 28 and September 26, 2009.

Winemaker Notes:
2009 was a long and cool vintage. A cool, wet Spring extended bloom time and reduced crop size in some areas. Early May rains contributed to excellent flavor, color development and lower sugar content. Summer temperatures were below normal, with limited heat spikes. Later in the growing season cool foggy mornings were followed by warm sunny afternoons, giving us absolutely ideal grape ripening conditions. The classic Russian River Valley weather pattern allowed grapes to develop full flavor maturity over an extended growing season while retaining their bright, natural acidity. Harvest kicked off a week to ten days later than normal. Chardonnay and Pinot have shown excessively small berries resulting in wonderful, concentrated flavors.