Gary Farrell 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Beginning 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. He made his first wine under the Gary Farrell label in 1982 and built the winery into one of the most acclaimed producers of small-lot Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the Russian River Valley. This latest release Chard is true to form. Sourced from several prime vineyards around the Russian River Valley AVA, including Westside Farms, Bacigalupi Vineyard, Olivet Lane Vineyard, Rochioli Vineyard, Allen Vineyard and Martinelli Vineyard. The wine was aged 8 months in 35% new French oak. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 95 points saying "Dark yellow in color, this wine shows tangy green apple and a richer, more concentrated element of apple-spice cake, with supportive, balanced acidity. With a bright, lifted finish, this less-expensive offering compared with many of the producer's single-vineyard designates never lets up on complexity or deliciousness."