2013 Gary Farrell Rochioli-Allen Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.3% alc., pH 3.33, TA 0.66, 473 cases, $55. Released September 2015. Sourced from two adjacent vineyards: Rochioli vineyard and Allen Vineyard planted just to the South, which is farmed by the Rochioli family. Primarily clones 76 and 15 from the Allen Vineyard and clone 5 from the Rochioli River Block Vineyard. Harvest Brix 22.0º-23.0º. Whole cluster pressed, inoculated fermentation with Montrachet yeast, barrel fermented, aged 8 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderately light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromas and flavors of nectarine, lemon, grilled grapefruit, vanilla and toast combined with a comforting texture make for delightful drinking. A noticeable attack precedes an expanding fullness on the slightly viscous palate, finishing with a burst of acidity. Beautifully composed and seamless. Score: 92. Reviewed January 17, 2016

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