We’re back with another round with well-regarded Russian River winery Gary Farrell and its 2019 vintage releases of chardonnay and pinot noir. Let’s dive in.
2019 Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Selection – This chardonnay is always a beautiful bottling and the 2019 vintage is no exception. Bright with fresh apple and a touch of gooseberry, the wine’s gentle hand with oak keeps things light and lively, the finish seeing its touch of vanilla laced through with crisp lemon peel. I don’t get the herbal notes I saw in the 2014 vintage, but I don’t really miss them. Gorgeous stuff, as always. A / $35
2019 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River Selection – Light on its feet and popping with raspberry and cherry notes, this sticks with the surprisingly light-bodied theme that prior Russian River Selection pinots have expressed, though with this vintage the fresh and exuberant fruit is hard not to grab onto. With food, the wine pairs beautifully as a counterbalance to more aggressive fare, finishing on gently herbal notes and touches of baking spice. On its own, it comes across as a light-bodied summer red, ready to accompany you to the beach or, more likely, your yacht. Whichever. B+ / $45