Gary Farrell’s 2020 vintage wines from its widely available Russian River Selection series have arrived, and we’re ready to put them through their paces. Here we go.
2020 Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Selection – Another pretty, highly floral chardonnay from Gary Farrell, loaded up with notes of green apple, caramel, and baking spice. The rich body is perfectly balanced, leaning on a creamy, lightly oaky quality that pairs beautifully with an immersive apple pie character. A sharp bite of saline lifts up the finish, proving yet again why this is pound for pound one of the best chardonnays on the market. A / $35
2020 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River Selection – Slightly tough this time around, Farrell’s Russian River pinot offers classic notes of tea leaf, cola, and cherry — but more skin here than pulp. A bit more bitter in this vintage, with a notable cranberry note, I catch a distinct tomato leaf element on the finish, providing additional greenness. No bold fruitiness this year, but a year in cellar may help to coax some out. B / $45 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]