2010 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.27, TA 0.65, 288 cases, $45. Released November 2012. Gently whole cluster pressed, 100% barrel fermented for 7 months in 40% new Francois Frères oak barrels. · Light golden straw color and clear in the glass. Clean citrus and apple aromas accented with faint buttery oak and petrichor. Flavors of grilled peach, lemon and nougat, with an intensity that persists long after the wine is swallowed. Soft in the mouth and relatively reserved, but very polished and high-collared, and appropriately fueled by steely acidity. The finishing presence is what makes this a wine apart. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
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