2013 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.40, TA 0.65, 568 cases, $55. Released May 2015. The majority of the grapes come from River Block clone 5 planted in 1989 with the balance from the Mid-40s Block, a field selection planted in 1993, and Allen Block 1, clone 15, planted in 1995. The partnership between Gary Farrell Winery and Rochioli Vineyard began more than 30 years ago. Harvest Brix 22.0º-23.0º. Whole cluster pressed, chilled, settled, inoculated with Montrachet yeast and transferred to 100% French oak barrels, 35% new, where the wine was aged for 8 months. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Aromatically alive with scents of lemon, honey, and dried mango. Powerful fruit flavors of lemon curd, nectarine and apricot tempered by citrus-fueled acidity that brings the fruit alive. The wine picks up fruit intensity over time in the glass and really imposes its will, demanding respect. Score: 93. Reviewed May 14, 2015

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
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