Thursday, June 20, 2013

2008 Gary Farrel Chardonnay, Carneros

Just a brief note on the 2008 Gary Farrell Carneros Selection Chardonnay, Carneros. This is a splendid example of a California Chardonnay with a few years age on it which is drinking beautifully right now. Clear, medium golden color still looks quite youthful. Wonderful aromatics of bruleed pineapple, mango, honey, and toasty, vanilla-oak. Retains plenty of decadent tropical fruit on the palate as well as bright acidity. Pleasantly bitter finish. Fantastic wine that I have to think was caught at its absolute peak. Another steal from my father-in-law's stash. Normally $30, purchased on close-out for $10.

Paired quite nicely with roasted chicken with a traditional southern sausage/cornbread dressing and steamed broccoli.


  1. Bill, that price tag must have helped your pleasure in this wine, and I'm assuming that pleasure is what it's all about!

    1. Yep. The father-in-law's secret stash comes through again! I would love to know what is going on there. Is this stuff all coming from one wholesaler and just going to the one retailer? Or does this retailer cherry-pick from all the distributors' books and offer them rock bottom prices on older vintages and such? I know Corpus Christi probably isn't a hotbed for the wine wholesalers in southern Texas. But it just seems bizarre to me that this retailer has a never-ending supply of $30-50 wines that he sells for $6-10.