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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Alysian Taurin Block Chardonnay 2008
Alysian Taurin Block Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 108932)
boutique wine


PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $39.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Purchased and developed by Gary & Debbie Farrell in 1999, Cresta Ridge Vineyard is highly coveted for its cool, Green Valley location and highly desirable Goldridge soils. The "no expense spared" approach to development, included matching devigorating rootstocks with low-yielding clones and close vine-spacing; "stressing" the plants into producing small quantities of very high quality fruit. This project has proven successful, with 90+ rated wines commonplace year after year from this vineyard. Gary selected fruit from his favorite section of the vineyard (Taurin) Block) for this release.

Bearing the Cresta Ridge designation preempts lofty expectations … and this wine delivers. Signature minerality combines seamlessly with fresh lime and green apple to create a wine which is exceptionally vibrant, while also expressing great depth, intensity and length. Subtle background notes of oak and lees quietly enhance the near-perfect fruit contribution of this exceptional Russian River Valley / Green Valley property.

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About Alysian:

Gary Farrell sold his very successful "namesake" brand in 2004 with ambitions of "returning to his roots" as a true artisan producer of extremely limited production Pinot Noir wines. In 2007, he partnered with longtime colleagues, Bill Hambrecht and Denise Sanders, to create the ideal winemaking environment for the production of small lot, ultra-premium wines from the cooler reaches of the Russian River Valley. Consistent with Gary’s "no compromise" approach, he equipped his new Westside Road (Healdsburg) facility with the finest tools obtainable; precisely what we would expect from the winemaker who promises to "eclipse" anything he has previously produced during his three decades of winemaking.