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Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay

By Norm Bentley - | Dec 27, 2020

Norm Bentley, The North Georgia Wine Advisor. PHOTO PROVIDED

The North Georgia Wine Advisor



2018 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay


The 2018 Russian River Chardonnay from Gary Farrell, might be called a “cross-breed” in that it seems to share some of the characteristics of both a Northern California Chardonnay, as well as some attributes normally associated with French White Burgundies. It does not have the big fruit of a lot of California wines, nor does it have the more austere qualities usually found in the big white Burgundies. However, it does have good fruit mixed with a somewhat mineral backed dryness. It is both complex and classy.

The nose is bright and inviting with the scent of apples escorted by a slight citrus breeze. The flavors are apple, pear, and a little vanilla, with a chalky, mineral background. The finish is clean, and does not compete with the flavors of the food. The alcohol content is 13.3%, and Norm’s score is 90.

A bottle of Gary Farrell Chardonnay was a good companion for a dinner with friends, which featured bay scallops, combined with linguini and Alfredo Sauce.

Score: 90

Price: $28 – $35