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SOLD OUTGary Farrell 1999 Red Blend

Featured in our Platinum Wine of the Month Club

Encounter
Sonoma County region
"Top Wines of 2003" — San Francisco Chronicle
91 Points — Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal + "Exceptional" — Dan Berger's Wine Review
 
Appellation
Sonoma County
Grapes
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot
Aged
18 months in French Oak
Cases Produced
541
Enjoy Until
2004+


"Gary Farrell is an exceptional winemaker, one who sees in his favored vineyards just what he wants to bring to the bottle." - Wine & Spirits magazine.

The San Francisco Chronicle's 24-person tasting panel rated this Bordeaux style 1999 Encounter as one of the "Top Wines of 2003" - "Big, smoky, Bordeaux-like nose, rich earth, mushroom, leather and spiced plum; bright mid-palate, rustic black cherry cola, tobacco, cassis; complex, intriguing."

The Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide rates it 91 Points - "Smoke and leather aromas get this one out of the blocks in fine fashion. The mouth is bursting with juicy berry and cherry fruit and there's tons of length and dark coffee nuances to the finish. It's certainly chunky; some might even call it a fruit bomb. But it hold onto its racy, fresh side, so despite its power, it's well-balanced and well-made."

A Gold Medal was also awarded and rated as "Exceptional" by Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences.

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