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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Gary Farrell Cresta Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
Gary Farrell Cresta Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 94241)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Winemaking Green Valley, the coolest of the Russian River Valley sub-appellations, allows for even longer maturation time, providing wonderful intensity and complexity to the fruit profile. As with all of our Chardonnays, we select a minimum of three strains of yeast for primary fermentation which add complexity and compliment the fruit profiles contributed by the vineyard. This wine was 100% barrel fermented, incorporating 35% new French oak, sur lie aged, and ML fermentation in approximately 80% of the lot. Though the vines are only six years old, through meticulous vineyard management and care, Cresta Ridge is rapidly becoming one of our most popular and highly acclaimed Chardonnays.

Winemaker's Notes This 2005 Cresta Ridge Chardonnay exhibits aromas of orange blossom, citrus zest hints of toffee. Luscious, fresh cut green melon and spiced pear flavors are enhanced by interesting mineral components. Brimming with vibrant acidity and freshness, this wine has incredible complexity, moderately toasty notes of oak and a full mouth feel. This Chardonnay shows great balance with a lingering, crisp finish.

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About Gary Farrell:

A pioneer in the Russian River Valley wine region, winemaker Gary Farrell released his first vintage of Pinot Noir in 1982 to widespread critical acclaim. For 25 years, Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery has crafted small-lot artisan wines that capture the impeccable balance and stylistic elegance of some of the finest vineyard sites in the region. Noted cool-climate winemaker Susan Reed now presides over the award-winning winemaking program. Susan worked alongside Gary Farrell in the winery for four years, and she continues to craft the winery's new releases in the hallmark style developed by Gary himself, meticulously handcrafting each lot to capture the innate elegance and layered complexity of each individual vineyard site and growing region.