This wine is a great example of what low yields, cool weather and meticulous farming practices can produce in a difficult season. Enticing aromas of stone fruit, honeysuckle and lemongrass fill the glass, followed by a flavor profile of exceptional intensity and vibrant acidity, balanced by a rich, creamy texture that comes from extended lees stirring during malolactic fermentation. This wine expresses pure, unadulterated Russian River Chardonnay intermingled with distinctive cool-climate notes such as lemon oil, citrus peel, honey, lime and excellent acidity.
Located along a ridge top amongst the native redwoods, oaks and madrones, Gary Farrell's winery is smack dab in the middle of the Russian River Valley and nestled into one of the most magical places on earth. The winery specializes in making some of the best Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from Sonoma's most recognized regions. Their winery is immaculate and ideal for serious winemaking. An array of presses, sorting tables and temperature controlled tanks mean that they have the utmost control during fermentation and winemaking. But it's not enough to be technically perfect - these guys have committed themselves to cultivating relationships with growers, vendors and customers too. A wine crafted with integrity and honesty goes a long way to make friends, don't you agree?