2013 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Selection Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.47, TA 0.63, 11,267 cases, $45. Released May 2015. A blend from ten vineyards. Small percentage of whole cluster inclusion. 5 to 7-day cold soak, 10 to 15 day extended maceration post fermentation, aged 9 months in 100% French oak barrels, 35% new. · Quintessential Russian River Valley in character with aromas and flavors of Bing cherry and cola in a luscious style that has enough acidity to keep the fruit vibrant. Oak plays a comforting seasoning role in the background. The finish is notable for its intensity. Score: 89. Reviewed July 12, 2015

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
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