Fruit for this bottling is grown in eight vineyards in the Russian River, plots in Baciaglupi, Olivet Lane, Rochioli, Martinelli, Pratt, Allen, Lazy W, and Westside Farms. The grapes were harvested at 21° to 23° Brix, hand sorted, pressed, and barrel fermented in one-third new and two-thirds third used French oak barrels. The wine aged on lees for nine months and was racked only at bottling.
The robe is solid yellow color and suffused a fragrance of citrus, honeydew, melon, wet rocks, and sage. Texturally it’s ample, but a candle of yellow acidity enlivens the mid palate. Its flavors skew toward lemon-pineapple but with a fresh grassiness that keeps it light. The wine slicks across the back of the tongue before blazing out in citrus.
Don’t serve it too cold; the acidity provides ample refreshment. Pair it with medium-aged cow’s milk cheeses, roasted poultry or white-fleshed fish, gratins slicked with cheese and cream, risotto, quiche, savory or pastry.
2017 Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Selection Russian River Valley
13.7% abv | $35 (sample)