2005 Gary Farrell "Russian River Selection" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1031307 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 ...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.  (10/2008)

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.  (10/2007)

Connoisseurs Guide

 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.  (6/2008)

Wine Spectator

 Serves up a savory mix of herb, tea, dried cherry and cranberry fruit that's crisp and refreshing, if shy on depth.  (7/2008)

K&L Notes

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.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.