2013 Gary Farrell "Olivet Lane Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Almond and anise open what evolves into a concentrated expression of a stellar vineyard site in a great vintage in good winemaking hands. Honey and baked peach initially fool the palate into anticipating that this wine might head into full-blown hedonism, but subtle layers of lemon, grapefruit and pear keep it crisp, fresh and ultimately complex. Creamy, it retains plenty of acidity for balance. (VB)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Chardonnay Olivet Lane Vineyard has a slightly lighter gold/straw color. Plenty of strong minerality, wet stones, white currants, quince and honeysuckle are present in this full-bodied, complex and Burgundian-style Chardonnay. This is a beauty and still youthful. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)
*One Star* Gary Farrell Chardonnays are more often than not cut from lighter cloth and can at times be downright tight and lean, yet while this one inclines to firmness and avoids any sense of sprawl, it conveys a good measure of citrus-accented focused appley fruit and stops well short of being overly narrow or acidy. It is fresh, it is lively and it ends on a cleansing, lightly lemony note that directs it to service with meaty fish, and it is a Chardonnay that will age.
A solid effort, with a tight mix of pithy green apple, lemon-citrus and Key lime. The pithiness gives this a raw, edgy texture that might soften with age. Drink now. 987 cases made. (JL, Web- 2016)