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2013 Gary Farrell Chardonnay "Bacigalupi Vineyard"

Winery: Gary Farrell

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Bacigalupi Vineyard"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $50

Cases produced: 357

KWG Score: 90.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: September 3, 2015

Wine Review: This light yellow colored Chardonnay from the Bacigalupi Vineyard in the Russian River opens with a Bartlett pear bouquet with hints of caramel. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is a green apple and pear blend with notes of butter and oak. I also detected hints of lemon. The finish is dry and it flavors linger and last for quite a while. This Chard would pair well with wild mushroom ravioli with a light cream butter sauce. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: This impeccably balanced wine presents exuberant aromatics of white flowers, apricots and Gravenstein apples. Notes of lemon-lime zest and pineapple are interwoven with elements of toasted coconut and almond. Bright and focused upon entry, subtle flavors of warm banana and creme brulee lead the way to a densely layered, textural finish.

Organic status: not organic

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Are all wines meant to be aged? No. In fact, perhaps 90% of today's wines are vinified for consumption within 2 years of the vintage.

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