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Gary Farrell

Updated: Jan 17, 2023

UPDATED BLOG POST ALERT

Back on August 3, 2018 I visited the newly renovated Gary Farrell Winery for my 100 Wineries In 100 Days Challenge.

In Part 2 of this blogpost I detail my first time trying Gary Farrell wines and falling in love with the winery.

Right now, let’s discuss my most recent visit.

PART 1

August 2019 I was invited by Emily Martin Events to attend a blogger tasting at Gary Farrell Winery.

HELLO?!?!? I JUMPED at the opportunity!

I canceled my previous plans (eeeeekkkk!!!) in exchange for an afternoon at what I consider:

Russian River Valley’s Pinot Paradise!


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For this particular blogger tasting we partook in Gary Farrell’s:

A 90 minute tour.


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Starting with an insider tour of the wine making facility where all the magic happens!

From barrels, to steel tanks, a concrete wine egg, and the grape sorting table there is so much that goes into making flawless Gary Farrell wine.


After the tour, a communal tasting awaits with a selection of five wines each paired with an artisan cheese.

Sommeliers from the winery visit the cheese making facility to carefully select cheeses for the pairing.

Before I even sat down at the impeccable table setting, my eyes spotted a cheese with beautiful dried flowers!


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I’m typically a Sonoma Coast Pinot girl, but this Pinot intrigued me.

The McDonald Mountain vineyard is nestled in a cooler climate area right in between Russian River Valley and the Petaluma Gap.

Small and extremely flavor packed grape clusters with just the right balance of acidity.


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PART 2

Now let’s discuss my experience here for 100 Wineries In 100 Days:

Known as a “Grand Cru” of the Russian River Valley.

Perched high on a ridge above Sonoma County Russian River Valley is Gary Farrell @garyfarrellwinery


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One of the prettiest wineries in Russian River valley.

Panoramic views of vineyards and Redwoods.


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The term breathtaking is overused.

Not in the case of Gary Farrell though.

THIS view is absolutely breathtaking.

Since the 1970’s Gary Farrell, a vintner in the Russian River Valley AVA, was known for crafting exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot wines.

He founded Gary Farrell Winery in 1982.

Gary had an obsession with:

Cleanliness


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Natural process flow

Small-tank fermentations

Top-flight French oak cooperage


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Meticulous attention to detail.

The winery has since been sold to The Vincraft Group.

A fine wine investment company led by a trio of top wine industry executives:


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Pete Scott, former CFO of Beringer Wine Estates; Walt Klenz, former president and CEO of Beringer Wine Estates; and Bill Price, owner of famed Durell Vineyard and Gap’s Crown Vineyard, and a partner in Kistler Vineyards.

Gary’s legacy lives on and the mission to push Gary Farrell wines to an even higher quality.


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Small-lot winemaking with big flavor.

Grapes are treated like babies.

Carefully pressed.


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In 2017 Gary Farrell Winery Chardonnay was named TOP wine for 2017 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Woman winemaker alert!!!


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Theresa Heredia is keeping the Gary Farrell tradition of small lot Burgundian-styled wines.

Gary Farrell Winery has relationships with Russian River Valley’s most sought after vineyards.

For example Rochioli.


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By appointment only.

No pets or kids allowed.


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The newly renovated tasting room is EXQUISITE.

Gorgeous art, decor, and general classy but laid back aesthetic.


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