Vineyard: Westside Farms

OwnersPam Kaiser, Ron Kaiser
AppellationRussian River Valley
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2013 Gary Farrell Westside Farms Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.7% alc., pH 3.43, TA 0.68, 747 cases, $50. Released February 2016. David Ramey grows Chardonnay on his 40-acre Westside Farms Vineyard. Clone 4 was planted in 1989 in deep, river-deposited sandy loam soils. Harvest Brix 22º-23º. Gently whole cluster pressed, inoculated ferment, aged 8 months on creamy lees in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderately light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. The lean nose offers demure aromas of cake spice, lemon-lime and apple. Much more expressive on the palate, with citrus-driven flavors that charm with brightness and integrate beautifully with a deft touch of oak. Vibrant and clean, with a refreshing lemon-driven finish, this is a soulful Chardonnay that will be marvelous at the dinner table. Score: 92. Reviewed February 5, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Westside Farms Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.6% alc., pH 3.24, TA 0.70, 580 cases, $45. Release September 2014. Wente clone 4. Harvest Brix 22-23º. Whole cluster pressed, inoculated with Montrachet yeast. Aged 8 months in 40% new French oak (barrels and 500- L puncheons). · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Slightly austere and driven by flinty minerality, this wine offers demure flavors of yellow peach and grilled lemon. Somewhat silky on the palate with bright acidity on the soprano finish. I could not connect with this wine. Score: 87. Reviewed July 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Gary Farrell Westside Farms Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.3% alc., 621 cases, $38. Release September 2013. Ron and Pam Kaiser farm their 40-acre vineyard located four miles north of Gary Farrell winery. The vines were planted in 1989 to Clone 4 on deep, river-deposited sandy loam soils. · Light golden straw color and clear in the glass. Subdued aromas of citrus and buttered corn. Very understated and elegant, with delicate flavors of lemon, green apple and faint oak contributions. Picks up some intensity and interest over time in the glass and leaves a brisk, refreshing impression. Should improve with more bottle age. Score: 87. Reviewed July 21, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Gary Farrell Westside Farms Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.4% alc., pH 3.29, TA 0.74, 372 cases, $38. Released May 2012. From a 40-acre vineyard planted in 1989 to Clone 4. Large spacing, tall vines, moderately high yields yet good concentration and balance. · Light straw color and clear in the glass. Shy, but pleasing aromas of lemon, lime, roasted nuts and a tropical note. Good concentration of baked apple, white peach, honey, caramel and nutty flavors. Very good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Alysian Westside Farms Clone 4 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.0% alc., pH 3.38, TA 0.72, 158 cases, $40. 100% barrel fermented, 35% MLF in barrel. Aged 7 months in 35% new and 65% one and two-year-old French oak barrels. · Light straw color in the glass. A nose of interest with aromas of Meyer lemon curd, grilled peach, lychee, cream soda and almond. Green apple and lemon-lime flavors with a complimentary hint of nuttiness and toasty oak. Almost steely with grippy acidity that leaves a high-strung, operatic finish. This acid-driven wine reflects the cool vintage. Can be an excellent food wine, particularly with white fish in a butter or cream sauce or goat cheese. Good. Reviewed February 27, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Gary Farrell Westside Farms Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.2% alc., pH 3.36, TA 0.68, 916 cases, $38. Released May 1, 2011. Sourced from growers Ron and Pam Kaiser’s 40-acre vineyard that sits on the banks of the Russian River, just four miles from the Gary Farrell winery. The Chardonnay vines are clone 4 planted in 1989. Whole-cluster pressed, racked to 100% French oak barrels (43% new, 47% 1-year-old, and 10% 2-year-old), aged sur lie for 7 months. 100% malolactic fermentation. · Light straw color in the glass. Aromas of warm baked apple, butter brickle, flint and marzipan. Moderately intense flavors of baked green apples, lemon curd, hazelnuts and buttered toast with slightly dry tannins and some length on the acid-driven finish. Very good. Reviewed July 23, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »