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Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay

December 29, 2020

The Pine Island Eagle recommended Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay 2018 in a recent column. The writer notes that the wine features characteristics of both Northern California Chardonnays, as well as Burgundy. Elaborating, he explains “it does not have the big fruit of a lot of California wines, nor does it have the more austere qualities usually found in the big white Burgundies. However, it does have good fruit mixed with a somewhat mineral backed dryness. It is both complex and classy.”

A great wine to enjoy with food, “the nose is bright and inviting with the scent of apples escorted by a slight citrus breeze. The flavors are apple, pear, and a little vanilla, with a chalky, mineral background.” Read the full review HERE

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    Gary Farrell Winery Russian River Selection Chardonnay 2018

    Russian River Valley, California

    The Russian River Selection bottlings are quintessential Russian River Valley wines blended from some of the winery’s top vineyard sources. They are beautiful expressions of their varietal type and of the appellation’s unique terroir, each blend capturing the richness, purity and elegance that are Gary Farrell Winery’s trademarks. This layered and complex Chardonnay brings together fruit from several of our favorite Russian River Valley vineyard sites.

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    For over 37 years, Gary Farrell Winery has crafted small-lot artisan wines capturing balance and stylistic elegance from some of the finest vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley. In 1985, Winemaker Gary Farrell released his 55 cases of 1982 Rochioli-Allen Pinot Noir to widespread critical acclaim. Since that release, the team at Gary Farrell Winery has consistently focused on rigorous vineyard selection, outstanding grower relationships, and superior quality fruit. For the past 8 years, the current owners have been dedicated to enhancing Gary Farrell’s legacy with a single-minded focus on quality.