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Gary Farrell Winery

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Rating: B-C
Dec 8th, 2007
10701 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Phone: 707 473 2900

Hours: Open Daily 11am - 4pm

Club/Discounts: 15% Discount

Tasting Fees: Current Release: $5, Premier Tasting: $10

Wow, now this is a plush winery!! We had tried Gary Farrell Pinots before so we were excited to check out the winery. We were not really expecting what we came across. The winery is on the top of a hill with stunning views over the valley below. A lot of money went into this place, and it is relatively new (completed in 2000). The private road up to the winery is pretty steep - go in a 4 wheel drive on wet days!! A lot of thought went into the tasting room, and it is worth checking out for the views alone. The tasting room is large and caters to a big crowd. The views from the tasting room bar are incredible. Unfortunately though the wines did not live up to the views and we were disappointed by them. Perhaps it was an off day as we have had good Pinots from Gary Farrell previously, but overall we were glad we called in to check out the winery but did not leave with any wine. Friendly staff but the wines are not worth the price based on that days tasting.

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2003 Russian River Selection Pinot Noir ($40)Rating: B-C
May 26th, 2008
Classic Pinot Nose, light raspberry and cherry on the palate, smooth, but not huge finish.
2005 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50)Rating: B
Dec 8th, 2007
Interesting. Not what we were expecting from a Pinot. Nice nose but more of a Zin finish. "Peppery"
2002 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon ($34)Rating: A-B
Dec 8th, 2007
Light Cab. Looks like a Pinot and smells like alcohol. "Raspberry jam". Very tight. Crap!!
2003 Sonoma County Merlot ($32)Rating: A-B
Dec 8th, 2007
This was the Frankenstein of wine. A mix of everything and does not seem to know what it is. Not good
2005 Collins Vineyard Zinfandel ($40)Rating: A-B
Dec 8th, 2007
Paintstripper nose; you would get high off the smell. Pretty dire stuff
2005 Russian River Select Pinot Noir ($42)Rating: A-B
Dec 8th, 2007
Tight pinot. Had it before and it was good but did not enjoy this.
2005 Starr Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50)Rating: A-B
Dec 8th, 2007
No fruit, all finish. Great nose but weak watery taste. Lots of tannins. Come back to later…

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