2015 Gary Farrell Rochioli-Allen Vineyards Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.9% alc., pH 3.17, TA 0.73, 421 cases, $60. Released February 2018 after 18 months in bottle. Sourced from two blocks within the Allen Vineyard, farmed by the Rochioli family. Clones 76 and 15. Harvest Brix 22.5ยบ. Gently whole cluster pressed. 2/3 of the juice was transferred to 35% new French oak barrels (including 500-L puncheons) and 1/3 to a concrete egg-shaped tank, and aged 9 months. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. The nose is uplifting, with hi-tone aromas of lemon curd, golden apple, yeast and flint. Bold and rich with ostentatious flavors of apple and citrus underlain with a peek of toasty oak. Sleek in the mouth, with the slightest tannins and a mouthwatering, citrus-driven finish. The wine noticeably improves as it warms in the glass. Score: 93. Reviewed April 14, 2018

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
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