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Haute Living San Francisco Names Gary Farrell Olivet Lane Chardonnay 2019 a “Stellar Sonoma Chardonnay”

March 28, 2022

Fran Miller of Haute Living San Francisco writes that the “vinous output is as eclectic as Sonoma County” itself. Although 60 different grape varieties are grown in Sonoma, Chardonnay is the most abundant.

Gary Farrell 2019 Olivet Lane Chardonnay is from the Pellegrini Olivet Lane Vineyard which was planted in 1975. It is an excellent environment for growing Chardonnay, with low temperatures, fog intrusion and well-drained soils. Miller notes that “The first sip is succulent and tangy, while the mid-palate is zesty with lots of verve. It finishes with a silky pop of acidity.”

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    Gary Farrell Winery Olivet Lane Chardonnay 2019

    Russian River Valley, California

    Pellegrini’s Olivet Lane Vineyard was planted in 1975 to Wente selection on AXR rootstock. The vineyard sits on 65 acres of sloping bench land in the Santa Rosa Plain, in between the warmer Westside Road region and the cooler Green Valley,where warm summer days are moderated by cool breezes and chilly evening temperatures. The combination of low temperatures, regular fog intrusion and well drained loam, clay soils create an excellent environment for growing Chardonnay that develop cool-climate characteristics and impeccable acid at fairly low sugars.The wines from this vineyard simultaneously express power and finesse, and they do so with tremendous balance. 

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    Russian River Valley, California

    For over 37 years, Gary Farrell Winery has crafted small-lot artisan wines capturing balance and stylistic elegance from some of the finest vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley. In 1985, Winemaker Gary Farrell released his 55 cases of 1982 Rochioli-Allen Pinot Noir to widespread critical acclaim. Since that release, the team at Gary Farrell Winery has consistently focused on rigorous vineyard selection, outstanding grower relationships, and superior quality fruit. For the past 8 years, the current owners have been dedicated to enhancing Gary Farrell’s legacy with a single-minded focus on quality.