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Susan Reed

USA, Zinfandel, Gary Farrell, Bradford Mountain Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, California, 2010

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N/ If I were to wax a bit… she presented as a bright compote of lush red and black berries smeared across a sun bleached river rock. White pepper, copper, and orange zest also waft about. Seductive. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Bright acidic boysenberry triggers a mouthwatering introduction to raspberries, black cherries and a nice cranberry […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Gary Farrell, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, California, 2010

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N/ Smoky cedar and flint introduce nice black cherries and stewed red berries. Mesquite flamed pork. Crushed pine needles. Cherry taffy. Canvas. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Stewed black cherries with light tobacco notes, cola, black tea and mouthwatering lime juice.  Clean lines of pleasant woody flavors. Delicious, yes, but I expected a bit […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Gary Farrell, Stiling Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2010

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N/ Soft, clean, acid-kissed wafts introduce you to lightly smoked raspberries and red berries. Rhubarb. Cedar and hints of pine. Sage. Autumn leaves. Hints of tea. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. She starts softly, with similar mouthwatering acids like other Gary Farrell pinots I’ve recently had, but this time, she is decidedly more limey in taste. Nice […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Gary Farrell, Carneros, Ramal Vineyard, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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N/ Yum. Clean, acidic, raspberries and cherries. Cedar and vanilla dance. Crushed leaves. Dry forest floor. Wild herbs. Hint of cardamom. Tangerine zest. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. She starts with mouthwatering acids and beautifully restrained bing and black cherries. Ripe, tart, cranberry also delights. Angular, but again mouthwatering, on her finish – she offers up […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Gary Farrell, Westside Farms, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2010

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N/ A light oak presence to start, but grows with time in the glass to become about 3 out of 10 on my California Chard oak scale. Well suited, I would assume, for most California Chard drinkers. In my opinion, higher levels tend to make the wine out of balance. Green and yellow apples.  Round, soft hay and […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Gary Farrell, Sonoma County, California, Red Wood Ranch, 2010

N/ Almost no cat / ammonia aromas… thankfully! Soft steamed hay and yellow tropicals. White flowers floating on pear syrup. Rock dust. Fresh spring water. Terrific, except for some hints of chlorine. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Crisp. Light tropicals, lime, and green apple skins. Honeysuckle. A gentle, soft mineral close that lingers. Very well done, but she […]

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