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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Gary Farrell Russian River Chardonnay 2009
Gary Farrell Russian River Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 115237)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 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:

This 2009 Russian River Chardonnay shows a lemon-gold color with medium intensity and bright clarity in appearance. The developing nose has medium intensity showing ripe green apple, pear, candied lemon and lime, roasted grains and delicate notes of vanilla and butterscotch. The palate is dry with medium plus acidity, body, flavor intensity and length. The wine's lively acidity and supple viscosity will lend itself to many seafood and poultry dishes, as well as aged Gouda cheeses.
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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.