2012 Westside Farms Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Chardonnay •Westside Farms Vineyard
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
Am I dreaming?
Today’s Gary Farrell 2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a stunner, dear Operative. This complex, delicious Chardonnay is a real delight - with food or as a wonderful aperitif. We’ll have a few bottles on our holiday tables to be sure. Supply is very limited and this wine will sell out.
This wine was made by Theresa Heredia. Agent Red first met Theressa when she made wine for Joseph Phelps Winery. As superb as her Phelps wines were, she’s really come into her own at the historic Gary Farrell Winery, where she leads the winemaking.
Today’s Chardonnay is a real achievement.
This limited-availability wine is complex and full on the nose, with baked apple, white peach, dried apricot, lime flower, Meyer lemon, river rock and a very subtle hint of white spice.
On the palate, rich and dense with flavors of Meyer lemon, young white peach, lime, honeysuckle, pineapple, butter rum, lime leaf, subtle white spice and toasty vanilla.
We hope that you manage to get your hands on some.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
“Silky and smooth with bright pear and citrus, long and elegant, balanced and juicy.” – 91 points - Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, June 2014
“This is the winery’s largest-production Chardonnay; it is made with grapes from eight RRV vineyards, including Rochioli, Allen, and Olivet Lane Vineyards. It is very dry, light to- medium-bodied, fresh and lovely with notes of lime, quite lean in structure, with lively acidity. It has very good concentration, is vibrant and alive. Very impressive.” – 91 points - Wine Review Online, July 2014
“A mix of fruit spanning across the Russian River Valley, this complex Chardonnay is so inviting and approachable. Brimming in ripe Gravenstein apple and baking spices, it conveys alluring and lush crispness as well as balanced fruit and floral aromas.” – 90 points - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, November 2014
Stunning golden yellow with perfect clarity, glinting edges and a springy surface. After a good swirl, tall legs take a long time to emerge - before crawling slowly downward.
Baked apple, white peach, dried apricot, lime flower, Meyer lemon, river rock and a very subtle hint of white spice.
Meyer lemon, young white peach, lime, honeysuckle, pineapple, butter rum, lime leaf, subtle white spice and toasty vanilla.
Extra long, starting with bright fruit notes that gradually transition to flowers and subtle spice.
Enjoy this wine with… everything! This flexible wine is equally at home as an aperitif or with a meal of fish, fowl or pork. Or with fruit and cheeses. Or with… well, you get the picture.
What the Winery Says
- Theresa Heredia
- Sonoma County, Russian River Valley