Gary Farrell

Russian River Selection Pinot Noir

9.184 ratings
8.914 pro ratings
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Kyle Groombridge

Nice Gary with a bit of age on it. Darker fruit than most RRV pinots I've come across. Blackberry, crushed raspberry, and some mint. Smooth and seductive, this is a higher abv Pinot than I typically care for, but it's in a beautiful place and not at all offensive. A touch of earth on the back end and a lovely lasting finish. Nice stuff.

Nice Gary with a bit of age on it. Darker fruit than most RRV pinots I've come across. Blackberry, crushed raspberry, and some mint. Smooth and seductive, this is a higher abv Pinot than I typically care for, but it's in a beautiful place and not at all offensive. A touch of earth on the back end and a lovely lasting finish. Nice stuff.

Oct 12th, 2017
Meg Maker

Wine Writer, Maker's Table

8.2

Ruby color ornamented with wild aromatics of blackberry flowers, ripe tomato, black plums, and sweet tobacco. Fleshy and ripe on the palate with flavors of plush red fruits, spicy raspberries, and ripe tangerine. This is a fruit-centric Pinot with ample stage presence, more Bette Midler than Audrey Hepburn. 14.2% abv | $45 (sample)

Ruby color ornamented with wild aromatics of blackberry flowers, ripe tomato, black plums, and sweet tobacco. Fleshy and ripe on the palate with flavors of plush red fruits, spicy raspberries, and ripe tangerine. This is a fruit-centric Pinot with ample stage presence, more Bette Midler than Audrey Hepburn. 14.2% abv | $45 (sample)

1 person found it helpfulMay 5th, 2014
Edgar Poureshagh

These wines seem to be improving the last few years. Loam qualities jump out on the nose. Wine lacks a little concentration and the tannins are a little disjointed. The wine just might be in transition, but the quality is there. I would let this wine rest for another year or two.

These wines seem to be improving the last few years. Loam qualities jump out on the nose. Wine lacks a little concentration and the tannins are a little disjointed. The wine just might be in transition, but the quality is there. I would let this wine rest for another year or two.

Dec 30th, 2014
J Gwen Berry

Wine Writer Palm Beach Post

8.3

Juicy red fruit, good acid, slightly hot on the finish. Solid producer.

Juicy red fruit, good acid, slightly hot on the finish. Solid producer.

Mar 16th, 2014
Michael Chelus

Restrained cherries, leather and oak. Nice acidity but still balanced. Good structure.

Restrained cherries, leather and oak. Nice acidity but still balanced. Good structure.

Feb 17th, 2014
Patrick Derdeyn

The most "cigar box" wine I've ever tasted. Pure cedar and tobacco.

The most "cigar box" wine I've ever tasted. Pure cedar and tobacco.

Apr 1st, 2015
Min Liu

Drinking really well right now; in its prime. Ripe red fruit balanced with menthol notes, forest-floor earthiness, and a bit of spice. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Paired perfectly with Christmas Day duck breast dinner.

Drinking really well right now; in its prime. Ripe red fruit balanced with menthol notes, forest-floor earthiness, and a bit of spice. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Paired perfectly with Christmas Day duck breast dinner.

Dec 29th, 2018
Peter J.

26600

26600

May 20th, 2014
Michael Brown

Very tasty.

Very tasty.

Jun 5th, 2017
Peter Hladun

Beautiful Pinot!

Beautiful Pinot!

Aug 31st, 2015