2009 Gary Farrell "Russian River Selection" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1095686 93 points Wine Spectator

 *Highly Recommended* Clean and refreshingly rich without being weighty, delivering a core of creamy pear and apple, with spice and floral touches, ending with a lively aftertaste of white peach. Drink now through 2020.  (7/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light, bright gold. Aromas of ripe peach, honey and nutmeg, with a subtle floral overtone. Ripe, slightly warm pit fruit flavors are lifted by gentle acidity. Finishes smooth and persistent, leaving a note of candied ginger behind.  (5/2012)

K&L Notes

This 2009 cuvee from Gary Farrell is sourced from many of the producer's top vineyards. From the winery: "The 2009 release of Russian River Chardonnay displays a lemon-gold hue with a lovely, bright clarity. The developing nose offers up aromas of ripe green apple, pear, candied lemon and lime, highlighted by rich tones of roasted grain and light vanilla and butterscotch. The palate offers beautifully balanced acidity, body, flavor and length. With a lively acidity and supple viscosity, this wine will pair exceptionally well with seafood and poultry dishes, as well as a fine aged Gouda."

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Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2