Alysian Wines: 2009 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Releases from Russian River Valley

Bill Hambrecht and Gary FarrellBill Hambrecht and Gary Farrell

Alysian Wines is the creation of veteran winemaker Gary Farrell and his long term colleague Bill Hambrecht. Established in 2007, the winery produces small lots of cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of the finest vineyards in the Russian River Valley.

Winemaker Gary Farrell has three decades of winemaking experience that began in the late 1970s working as a cellar rat for Davis Bynum Winery. He later became the winemaker at Davis Bynum and developed relationships with Russian River pioneers, Tom Dehinger, Joe Rochioli, Davis Bynum, and Robert Stemmler. In 1982 he launched his own highly successful eponymous label in Russian River and also helped produce the wines at Rochioli Vineyard. Gary sold that winery in 2004, so he could return to his roots as a winemaker of small lots of Pinot Noir.

AlysianThe focus of Gary’s passion is Pinot Noir, and his approach is to produce vibrant wines of flavor, structure, and high natural acidity. The wines reviewed here are delicious examples of his approach. The Pinot Noirs exhibit a combination of earth and ripe red berry fruit flavors, elegant and refined structure, and crisp and lively acidity. The Chardonnays are fruit rich and mouth filling yet restrained in their use of malo and oak. Above all, Gary’s wines are moderate in alcohol and beautifully balanced.

Alysian winery is situated in Healdsburg, CA.

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