2015 Gary Farrell Olivet Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.6% alc., pH 3.12, TA 0.81, 868 cases, $45. Released February 2018 after eighteen months in bottle. This vineyard was planted in 1975 to a Wente selection on AXR rootstock. It is situated in the Santa Rosa Plain between the warmer Westside Road region and the cooler Green Valley. Warm summer days are moderated by cool breezes and chilly evening temperatures and fog intrusion. The result is wine with higher natural acidity at fairly low sugar levels. Harvest Brix 22º. Whole cluster pressed, inoculated with Montrachet yeast, barrel fermented and aged on the lees for 9 months in French oak barrels, 35% new (barrels and 500-L puncheons). · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Aromas of pound cake, grilled lemon, nuts, malted milk and flint. Silky as well as crisp on the palate, with engaging flavors of lemon, pineapple and creme caramel. The wine’s noticeable oak-driven character and lemon essence infuses the cleansing finish. Score: 91. Reviewed April 14, 2018

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
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