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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Gary Farrell Russian River Chardonnay 2004
Gary Farrell Russian River Chardonnay 2004
(search item no. 87582)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

While most of the Chardonnay from these vineyards may often be used in single vineyard designates, we also take special pride in crafting this blend. This is an example of how individual vineyard nuances express themselves with one another, creating a more complex and intriguing wine. Though 100% barrel fermented in French oak, the new oak component was held to 30% and ML fermentation was encouraged in only 50% of the barrels. The result is a very crisp, fruit-focused offering, not dominated by excessive oak, buttery ML or high alcohol.

Fresh aromas of Gravenstein apple blossoms, vanilla bean and Asian pear. Wonderfully complex and layered with rich tropical fruit flavors, green apple and pear accented with citrus notes. Impressive balance, length and refreshing, mouth-watering acidity. Truly delicious, and crafted to be an ideal accompaniment to a wide array of moderately spiced foods.

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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.