2016 Gary Farrell Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.8% alc., pH 3.34, TA 0.62, 326 cases, $55. Released September 2018. The oldest vines that make up the original historic plantings are one of the main components of this Chardonnay blend. Harvest Brix 22.5º. Gentle whole cluster pressed and aged 9 months on the primary lees in a combination of 35% new and 65% one to three-year-old neutral French oak barrels and 500-liter oak puncheons. · Light golden yellow color with the slightest lime green tone in the glass. Outrageous aromatic explosion of cut apple, poached pear, lemon butter, citrus glee and righteous oak. Glorious flavors of yellow apple, lemon, pear and a hint of pineapple in a suave style that is like drinking mothers milk. This is a wine of impeccable balance that is highly refreshing, playing on Chardonnay’s best features. Still extraordinary when re-tasted two and three days after opening. Theresa’s magnum opus that flirts with perfection. Score: 98. Reviewed September 14, 2018

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
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