2010 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir

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Wine of the Week: 2010 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir
Region: Russian River Valley, California
Price: $45

I discovered Gary Farrell’s Pinot Noir wines about eight years ago,  and they made a strong and lasting impression on me.

While this wine is on the more expensive side of my weekly wine finds, it is well worth it. This is an elegant, focused and firmly structured wine. It is packed with bright fruit flavors and shows a true expression of the Russian River Valley. This is a wine to splash out on for special occasions.

This Pinot has a bright crimson color that is still youthful. The nose is absolutely charming – an elegant medley of vibrant black fruit aromas that are well defined with hints of spice, leather and underbrush. Refreshing and lively were two words that repeatedly stayed in my mind when I recently tasted (and enjoyed) this wine. Richly textured but not too powerful. Tannins are firm, yet silky, and they give the wine its taut backbone and structure. Very good depth of ripe, well-defined flavors— black cherries and plums with notes of coffee, spice — and a lovely savory minerality. The wine has a long and very persistent finish. This is a very elegant wine. 

At the Table: This Gary Farrell, Russian River Valley Selection Pinot Noir is a great partner at the table. Lamb and duck immediately come to mind. So why not try it with Faith’s recipe for Duck Breast with a Pomegranate-Citrus Glaze.  The fruit glaze will compliment the intense fruit flavors in the wine and Pinot has just the perfect tannin structure and body for duck.

About Gary Farrell and The Russian River Valley: The Gary Farrell Winery is a well-established and acclaimed producer of small lot Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in the Russian River Valley area of Sonoma. Gary made his first wines under his own name back in 1982 and went on to build a very successful business crafting terroir focused wines.

While Gary sold the winery in 2004, it continues with the same small lot focus and philosophy.This 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was aged for about 10 months in small oak barrels before bottling and release. 

The Russian River Valley is located in Sonoma, California. A cool region, perfect for high quality wine production, it is strongly influenced by the Pacific Ocean. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and the most important grape varieties planted. The cooling effect of the Pacific fog that ebbs and flows through the Petaluma gap, giving cool mornings and evenings ensures a long, slow ripening season for the grapes as well as great natural acidity.

Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant. In 2012 she was honored as a Dame Chevalier de L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

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