Gary Farrell Russian River Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from Russian River, California

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Item No. 107676
  • white wine
  • WS89
  • CG89
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • WS88
  • WE88
  • ST87
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Winemaker's Notes

This 2008 Russian River Chardonnay shows a lemon-gold color with medium intensity and bright clarity appearance. The developing nose has medium plus intensity and reveals ripe apple, pear, acacia blossom, lemon, toast, popcorn and vanilla. The palate is dry with medium plus acidity, body, flavor intensity and length, exhibiting additional notes of citrus peel and butterscotch. The wine's lively acidity and supple viscosity will lend itself to many seafood and poultry dishes, as well as aged Gouda cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

"Firm, intense and vibrant, with a spicy nutmeg edge to the ripe apple and pear flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, this elegant white ends with a long, complex finish. Needs time. Drink now through 2016."
89 Points

"True to the Farrell style, this wine is clean and lively with bright, aromas of green apples and a delicate overlay of vanillin-scented oak. Relatively high in brisking acidity and expectedly tight as it ends, this one is bound to be a good mate to fish and shellfish in a variety of basic preparations. It has the structure to hold up well in bottle for several years."
89 Points

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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...

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Learn About Russian River

The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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