WINE REVIEW: Gary Farrell 2019 Chardonnay, ‘Olivet Lane Vineyard’, Russian River Valley, CA ($50)
by Andrew Chalk
Appearance: Medium gold.
Nose: Tropical fruit (pineapple, mango). lemon, winegums, vanilla.
Palate: Fruits predominate. Mild phenolic backbone. Medium acid.
We have tasted Gary Farrell wines before and found them to consistently justify their reputation as a superior chardonnay and pinot noir producer. This wine maintains the record. It is youthful, in being fruit-driven, with notes of oak and phenols that contribute additional dimensions.
Drink now with, for example, lobster or white-sauced pastas or keep for three to five years.