Gary Farrell

Our founder Gary Farrell was a passionate believer in great vineyards. Long before the Russian River Valley made its mark on the world stage, Gary was out exploring vineyards in the early 1980s to identify grapes from the most promising sites in the valley. With an uncannily prophetic eye to the future, the first wine he produced under the Gary Farrell label was a 1982 Pinot Noir sourced from what would eventually become two of the Russian River Valley's premier vineyards: Rochioli and Allen. Planted just up the road from where he would build his winery, these sites are adjacent to each other on Westside Road and have been meticulously farmed by Joe Rochioli, Jr. for more than 40 years.

The success of our wines comes down to relationships like the one we enjoy with Joe and his family. We are committed to maintaining the strong, long-term partnerships we've established with the owners of the iconic Russian River Valley vineyards that form the heart of our wine portfolio, including Westside Farms, Rochioli, Allen, Stiling, Hallberg and more.

For the past few years, we have established new relationships with even more of our neighboring Russian River Valley growers. We've added exciting new vineyard sources to our portfolio including Ritchie, Bacigalupi, Pellegrini Olivet Lane Estate and Martinelli, to name just a few. Additionally, we continue to work with exceptional vineyard sites outside of the Russian River Valley to add intriguing counterpoints to our portfolio. These include newer sources like Durell Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, as well as long-standing sites such as Bradford Mountain in Dry Creek Valley and the classic Bien Nacido Vineyard of the Santa Maria Valley, both of which we have been working with for more than a decade.

When selecting new sites to work with, each vineyard is critically assessed for the specific climate conditions we require. In nearly every vineyard site we work with, cool breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean blanket the vines in the mornings and evenings during the growing season, tempering summer's heat and reducing temperatures by 35-40 degrees at night, ensuring a long, even growing season. The slow ripening process that results fully matures the fruit while maintaining healthy levels of acidity. Here in the Russian River Valley, the wide range of volcanic, sandstone and alluvial soils is favorable for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, providing essential water drainage while retaining sufficient moisture and nutrients to nourish the vines during the appellation's long growing season. These specific conditions yield wines boasting bright, vibrant aromas, intense, yet supple flavors and exemplary balance. Our wines display these characteristics in spades, along with a remarkable purity and elegance of varietal expression.Along with the heritage vineyards our reputation has been firmly built upon, these new vineyard sources give Winemaker Theresa Heredia an even broader palette of flavor and texture to work with in the winery.

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Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2016
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 “From a blend of iconic sites, like Rochioli, Hallberg and Martaella, this opens with thick, dense and concentrated tones of dried cherry and cola before unleashing a wealth of white pepper and black tea. It finds a balance between the fruit and the forest elements on the
Item Number: 33030
Case: $455.40

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Chardonnay 2016
“Lively, enticing, varietal characters of zesty lime, fresh lemongrass and passion fruit command the aromatic profile, while subtle hints of thyme emanate as the wine sits in the glass. Ripe, yellow grapefruit, Meyer Lemon and just a hint of gooseberry provide a captivating array of flavors on the
Item Number: 29109
Case: $359.40

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2015
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94 “Crisp acidity buoys sharp red fruit in this delectable wine—a blend of multiple sites across the appellation. Medium build, it shows youthful tannins and oak that supports without intrusion, allowing the crunch of cranberry, strawberry and pomegranate to speak forcefully.”-WE 

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Chardonnay 2015
95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 95 WE TOP 100 2017 Rank 1 “A scent of French butter offers an immediate invitation to this excellent wine. Austerity on the palate gives way to a juicy core of invigorating tangerine and white peach flavors. The gravelly minerality on the midpalate finishes softly and with

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Chardonnay 2014
95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 95 "Dark yellow in color, this wine shows tangy green apple and a richer, more concentrated element of apple-spice cake, with supportive, balanced acidity. With a bright, lifted finish, this less-expensive offering compared with many of the producer's single-vineyard designates

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2014
95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 95 "Bringing together multiple sites in one wine, this provides a fine example of the sum equalling more than the parts. Well balanced and crafted, it offers aromas of sandalwood and smoked meat that contrast with more exuberant, textured layers of black cherry and citrus peel."~VB

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Chardonnay 2013
93  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 93  "In her second vintage at Gary Farrell, Theresa Heredia drew on seven vineyard sites, including pedigreed vineyards like Rochioli and Allen, to compose this vibrant Russian River wine. It’s an intense chardonnay, with a spicy, floral scent that brings chanterelle mushrooms and

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2013
95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 95  Editor's Choice "This might be one of the best values on the market, given the quality. Equal parts pretty and funky, it’s a tightly wound, savory, fruity wine that’s elegant and compelling. The tannins and oak are lightly imprinted around strawberry-rhubarb and fresh-cut rose,

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2012
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Tasting Panel 92 "Juicy and bright with tangy cherry and raspberry; fresh and crisp with lovely notes of oak, tea and spice; long, balanced and elegant. "  Wine Enthusiast 90 "There are equal parts strawberry and earth in this Pinot, sourced from the who’s who of vineyard sites in Russian River,

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2011
88  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 88"Showing a lot of baby fat right now, this channels posh ripeness toward powerful flavors of mint and smoky oak. The tannins feel firm, and there’s ample acidity to give the wine length—its primary, pungent flavors just need time in bottle to built a more integrated intensity."

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Chardonnay 2011
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91"This Chardonnay is extremely close in style and complexity to Gary Farrell’s best single-vineyard bottlings, for a lower price. The wine is mouthwatering in acidity, with rich tropical fruit, peach and lime flavors."~SH

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Chardonnay 2010
"This wine is the culmination of extreme attention to detail. Our fastidious viticultural and winemaking techniques during a cool growing season yielded a fresh, vibrant wine with pure regional varietal character and flinty aromas reminiscent of a young Meursault. Deceivingly pale at first glance,

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2010
89  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 89 "Silky and elegant, this lovely Pinot is dry and crisp with acidity. It boasts succulent flavors of cherries, persimmons and cola, and finishes with a touch of sweet, toasty oak."~SH  " Mouthwatering aromas of blackberry, tea leaf, tobacco, cola, anise and violets fill the

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2009
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 "Complex aromas, dried strawberries, cherries and flowers follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a long savory finish. This wine really makes you want to drink it. Open the bottle now or cellar for three or four years."~JS  Wine Enthusiast 90 "Rich, ripe and

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Chardonnay 2009
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93"Clean and refreshingly rich without being weighty, this white delivers a core of creamy pear and apple, with spice and floral touches, ending with a lively white peach aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 2,237 cases made" –JL

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Chardonnay 2008
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89"Firm, intense and vibrant, with a spicy nutmeg edge to the ripe apple and pear flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, this elegant white ends with a long, complex finish. Needs time. Drink now through 2016."~JL

Gary Farrell Chardonnay 2001
88  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 88 The interesting 2001 Chardonnay reveals a high acid profile along with a striking minerality, notes of lemon zest, grapefruit, and other citrus. There is medium body, nicely integrated wood, and a spicy finish. Reminiscent of a French Chablis, it should drink well for 2-3 years.