In terms of quality in the Russian River Valley, Gary Farrell’s winery has been at the very top of the totem pole for over 30 years. Their work with Burgundian varietals is simply unparalleled.
Even though the wine pioneer is long out of the picture now, the winery was put into the hands of rising superstar– Theresa Heredia (formerly with Joseph Phelps) in 2012. All she’s done since taking over is rack up just about every award and accolade in the book– taking a great legacy and turning it into a winemaking dynasty.
Since taking the helm, the winery has been named Winery of the Year by Pinot Report in 2015, Winery of the Year in 2016 by Pinot File, top 50 producers in Sonoma by Wine Spectator and has been named Top 100 Wineries in the World back-to-back years by Wine & Spirits Magazine.
Theresa earned a winemaker of the year nod last year from Wine Enthusiast– not a surprising feat when you consider she made their #1 Wine of the Year in 2017’s Top 100 list (the same Russian River Valley Selection Chard offered today from the 2015 vintage).
In fact, the Russian River Valley Selection Chardonnay may very well be the best wine Theresa makes. Not only was it the #1 wine of the year, it has also earned at least 94-points and an Editors’ Choice designation in four out of the last five years. And all of that at a very reasonable price point.
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94 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
This outstanding wine offers a full-range of complex flavors, texture and depth, the grapes sourced from a who’s who of sites, including Bacigalupi, West side Farms and Rochioli. Gravenstein apple, Meyer lemon, tangerine and quenching acidity meld with a butterscotch accent and a balanced, rich texture.