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Gary Farrell Olivet Lane Chardonnay 2016

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Winemaker Notes

The Olivet Lane Vineyard is consistently a benchmark for Chardonnay in Russian River Valley, and the 2016 delivers without fail. Its’ always welcome nose of Meyer lemon, crisp apple and Satsuma mandarin fill the glass alongside the intoxicating aroma of freshly baked butter cookies. The palate is equally as generous, offering layers of lemon cream, coriander, brioche and flaky puff pastry, and the supple, lengthy finish leaves nothing to be desired.

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JS 92
James Suckling

Plenty of cooked apples, dried daffodils, Chinese plums, cantaloupe melon, vanilla and cloves. Medium-bodied with a round mouthfeel that’s complemented by bright acidity and a tight frame of phenolics. Drink now.

RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Chardonnay Olivet Lane delivers expressive apricot, pink grapefruit and apple pie notes with touches of struck flint, marzipan and beeswax. Medium-bodied with a wicked backbone of racy acid, it features loads of citrus and stone fruit flavors and a long, zesty finish.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Pure and focused, with an engaging minerality to the well-structured McIntosh apple, Asian pear and lemon-lime flavors. Shows juicy crispness on the finish, with notes of crushed savory herb. Drink now through 2023.
JD 91
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Chardonnay Olivet Lane Vineyard has slightly more depth and richness than the Russian River Selection as well as higher acidity. Stone fruits, white peach, crushed rocks, and buttered citrus notes all flow to a racy, tight, vibrant Chardonnay that has good fruit and depth on the palate. It’s going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age and drink nicely for 4-6 years.
Rating: 91+
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A 38-year pioneer in the Russian River Valley, Gary Farrell Winery crafts small-lot artisan wines that capture the balance and stylistic elegance of some of the finest vineyards in the region, including Rochioli, Allen, Bacigalupi, Hallberg, Ritchie, Durrell, Gap’s Crown and Bien Nacido. Our legacy, producing Burgundian-styled, varietally expressive, site-specific Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is being expertly tended by winemaker Theresa Heredia, who works closely with our growers to showcase the exceptional fruit from their vineyards. A specialist in cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Theresa came to Gary Farrell from Joseph Phelp’s Freestone Vineyards on the Sonoma Coast, where she achieved significant critical acclaim, including “Winemaker to Watch” honors from the San Francisco Chronicle. The Recipient of 549 90+ Scores 2013-2020, including Top 100 Wine and Top 100 Cellar Selections, numerous Editor’s Choice and Cellar Selection Designations, Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery was named a “Top 100 Winery of 2019” by Wine & Spirits Magazine, it’s 2015 GFW Russian River Selection Chardonnay was awarded “#1 Wine of 2017” by Wine Enthusiast, was named “2016 Winery of the Year” by PinotFile, and “2015 Winery of the Year" by PinotReport.

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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