2016 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.4% alc., pH 3.30, TA 0.67, 555 cases, $65. Released September 2018. This release brings together three blocks planted in 1974, 1995 and 2000, where some of the vines come from cuttings taken from the original mother block planted in 1968. Harvest Brix 22.5º. Gentle whole cluster pressed and fermented and aged 9 months on the primary lees in 35% new and 65% one to three-year-old neutral French oak barrels and 500-liter French oak puncheons. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Complex and exotic nose offering scents of lemon oil, alfalfa, crème brûlée and fragrant plants. A very indulgent and flavorful style, offering tastes of lemon creme, pineapple, applesauce and tropical fruits. The richness on the palate is balanced by bright acidity, making for an extremely special drinking experience. Score: 96. Reviewed September 14, 2018

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
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