2013 Gary Farrell "Russian River Selection" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Wine & Spirits
In her second vintage at Gary Farrell, Theresa Heredia drew on seven vineyard sites, including pedigreed vineyards like Rochioli and Allen, to compose this vibrant Russian River wine. It’s an intense chardonnay, with a spicy, floral scent that brings chanterelle mushrooms and apple skin to mind. It holds that abundance of flavor in a texture that’s clean and breezy, seemingly weightless. Decant it and explore its nuances over a multicourse dinner.
Ripe and pithy, with a mix of lemon, fig, apricot and tangerine flavors. Light-weight, presenting ample creamy, toasty oak nuances. Drink now. 5,861 cases made. (JL-Web-2016)
There's a reductive element to the nose of this wine, indicating the powerful nature of the vintage but also the wine's youth. Let it open to unveil an intensity of baked apple and white peach, along with heartier highlights of crème brûlée and vanilla toast. With a medium body and length, it has enough acidity to remain vibrant. It's sourced from a who's who of the region's vineyards. (VB)
Fresh, very vital, green apple fruit gets fine support from a very careful dollop of vanillin oak here, and, while nicely concentrated, the wine shows the firmness and sleek structural lines that have come to be a Gary Farrell hallmark. It is, in fact, still on the tight side, and, while it will without question serve well as a foil to any number of richer seafoods in the short term, it impresses as a wine with a fine future ahead, and a couple of years will need to pass before it unfolds to its best.