2012 Gary Farrell "Russian River Selection" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Once again not a wine that introduces itself with a big flourish of ripeness and oak, this one starts out just a bit on the lean side but fills in and fills out as it goes. It is comfortably fruity with a nice mix of citrus and both ripe and green apples as its central message, and, while not absent of oak, it keeps the latter to a judicious minimum. If by a slight margin the most forward of the Farrell clan, it nonetheless possesses fine potential for aging and will improve for several years.
A mix of fruit spanning across the Russian River Valley, this complex Chardonnay is so inviting and approachable. Brimming in ripe Gravenstein apple and baking spices, it conveys alluring and lush crispness as well as balanced fruit and floral aromas.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Chardonnay Russian River is a stylish, Chablisean-styled Chardonnay with minimal oak, attractive tangerine, nectarine and lemon blossom notes, medium body and wet rock minerality in the background. This beautifully pure Chardonnay is best drunk over the next several years. (RP)
Well done in a subtle, delicate style, with a creamy edge to the ripe pear and melon flavors, showing a nice touch of spicy, toasty oak.