2013 Gary Farrell Olivet Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.8% alc., pH 3.33, TA 0.67, 987 cases, $45. Vineyard planted to Wente selection on AXR rootstock in 1975. Harvest Brix 22º-23º. Whole cluster pressed, inoculated with Montrachet yeast. Fermented and aged in 40% new French oak barrels. After 8 months of aging, a barrel selection led to this single vineyard wine. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. With some swirling, inviting aromas of peach, lemon drop, white flower and nut oil emerge. On the palate, the wine has a balanced interplay between the discreet richness of yellow peach and apricot fruits and bright, sound, mineral-infused acidity. The finish is particularly notable, grabbing hold for an extended time and seducing with a silky, bracing demeanor. Tasted twice: this was the best bottle. Score: 91. Reviewed September 18, 2015

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
From article: Small Sips of Recently Tasted Chardonnay