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by Fred McMillin
for May 10, 2000
"Gary Farrell's wines have quickly risen
to the top of the class in California."
...James Laube's California Wine
The Rest of the Story
Can't dispute that. In yesterday's Ft. Mason class,
the only Farrell entry demolished the 19 competitors.
It scored 35% higher than the average of the tasting.
It scored 13% higher than the second-place bottle.
The Farrell certainly rose to the top of that class!
Looks like there's a reason that...
Wine & Spirits Magazine has selected Farrell's
operation as one of their U.S. Wineries of
The Dan Berger Winemaker of the Year award
has gone to Gary (pictured below).
Critic James Halliday said Farrell's winemaking
techniques were "near perfect."
A New Wine!
The more experienced reader will expect this
huge winner to be a Farrell Pinot Noir, because they
are world class...
among California's very best. But no, this is a new
wine, the winery's first blend of Bordeaux varietals.
Wine of the Day
1996 Encounter, Gary Farrell Wines, Sonoma County
Source of Grapes—They come from Pine Mountain,
where from over 2,200 feet, the vines look down
on the Alexander Valley. Gary finds that at
this elevation, the fruit cools well at night,
thus preventing the rapid reduction of acid
content, and slowing the maturing of the grape.
Composition—Merlot, 20%; Cabernet Sauvignon, 40%;
Cabernet Franc, 40%.
Awards Already—The wine's been in five major
competitions. It's picked up two Best of Class
ribbons, and Gold Medals galore.
Food Affinities—Prime rib, beef in a crust, lamb, pork
Contact—(707) 433-6616, FAX (707) 433-9060
Highlights from other WineDays about Farrell wines...
June 6, 1997—"Gary and The Heartbreak Grape". "Gary is one of the three top Pinot Noir makers in California."
Sept. 15, 1997—"Anderson Valley Pinots". "The
1995 Farrell Anderson Valley Pinot dazzled my panel."
Nov. 30, 1998—"A Kingpin Red Zin". "What happens if you turn Gary loose on top-notch grapes from
the Dry Creek Valley? You get one of the five
best Zinfandels we've tasted this year."
Conclusion—Better put a Farrell wine on your most wanted list.
|| About the
Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history
for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine
courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College.
In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred
with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded
to American wine writers.
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