2005 Gary Farrell "Russian River Selection" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
...it’s almost as good as Farrell’s more expensive single-vineyard Pinots, which makes it kind of a value. Like them, it’s a dry, crisply acidic wine, and slightly austere. It shows tobacco-infused cherry pie filling, pomegranate, rhubarb and cola flavors.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Classic ruby. A high-toned nose of red pinot and cranberry fruit aromas that evidence just a touch of the vegetal merge into rich, full and precise flavors that are elegant and very pure, culminating in a delicious and sappy finish where just a touch of wood surfaces. This is really quite a lovely effort as it's balanced and exudes a subtle sense of harmony. It's not particularly structured and while it will be capable of aging because it is so well balanced, it could easily be enjoyed now.
Typically 'Farrell' in its combination of focused cherry-like fruit tied to youthful restraint and a bit of still nascent leaner qualities in the nose, this bottling has a nicely rounded entry with hints of velvet and then picks up firming acids towards the back. It is medium-full-bodied in style and, despite its current charm, has the depth and balance to grow even better with but a few years of bottle aging.
Serves up a savory mix of herb, tea, dried cherry and cranberry fruit that's crisp and refreshing, if shy on depth.
Red fruits like cherries, raspberries and strawberries fill the nose of this plush release from Russian River legend Gary Farrell. A richly-hued, complex wine packed with dark berry flavors and hints of spicy oak, the Russian River Selection is sourced from famed area vineyards including Starr Ridge, Rochioli-Allen, Cresta Ridge, Stiling, McIntyre and Archer Vineyards, this balanced and elegant wine reflects the long, cool 2005 growing season.