Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay 2015

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#1 Wine of the Year Wine EnthusiBeginning in the late 1970s, Gary Farrell was working with seminal Russian River Valley vintners such as Davis Bynum, Joe Rochioli, Tom Dehlinger and Robert Stemmler – a group that was instrumental in showcasing the Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of the nascent Russian River Valley AVA, a breathtaking, redwood-studded wine region 55 miles north of San Francisco whose mighty river cuts a scenic swath through the heart of Sonoma County. He made his first wine under the Gary Farrell label in 1982 and built the winery into an acclaimed producer of small-lot Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the Russian River Valley.

The Russian River Selection Chardonnay marries several outstanding vineyards from around the Valley, taking advantage of varied climates, with each vineyard contributing its unique site characteristics to the extended layers of richness and complexity. The vineyards include Westside Farms, Bacigalupi Vineyard– Goddard Ranch, Olivet Lane Vineyard, Rochioli Vineyard, Allen Vineyard, Lazy W Vineyard and Martinelli Vineyard– Parnell Ranch . The wine was ultimately aged for 9 months in 35% new French oak, so as not to become too oaky.

A fresh, vivacious style of Chardonnay with nice balance, combining a full palate with generous fruit flavors, finesse and elegance. This Russian River blend offers a delicate floral and fruit bouquet with spicy undertones, flint and citrus aromas. On the palate, a supple attack with thirst-quenching Meyer lemon, tart apricot, starfruit, lime zest and a beautiful saline quality. Racy acidity accentuates the long, savory, slightly nutty finish. This wine combines satisfying richness with minerality, precision, pure Russian River Valley typicity and poise.

Category White Wine
Varietal
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Russian River Valley
Brand Gary Farrell
Alcohol/vol 13.8%
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Wine EnthusiastA 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 ease.

Virginie Boone, December 31, 2017

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