Signature Durell minerality, coupled with an intensity and plush mouthfeel are evident in this vintage, with aromas and flavors of creamy nougat, poached pear, tart meyer lemon and mango quickly following. Golden in color, with bright acidity, the wine lingers in a memorable finish. Oak spice and vanilla complete the flavor profile. Never shy, recognizable and telling of its origins, this is one of Sonoma’s most distinctive and well-known chardonnays.
Classic winemaking techniques of barrel fermentation and sur lie aging are used in crafting this single vineyard Chardonnay. Clonal selection plays an important role in the final blend, with both Clone 5 and Clone 15 being used exclusively. After completing 100 % malolactic fermentation, the wine spent 16 months in 100% French oak barrels (32% new), gaining further complexity while resting for six additional months following bottling.
The celebrated Durell Vineyard, first planted in 1979, is found in the northwestern corner of Carneros on the Sonoma side of this unique growing region. Durell, with 60 distinct blocks on 160 acres, is strongly influenced by the cooling breezes and morning fog from the nearby San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay, and basks in the plentiful afternoon sunshine. Elevations range upwards to 500 feet above sea level. Soils here are sandy, as well as volcanic with rocky Goulding clay loam. Gently rolling slopes benefit from both the cool Bay breezes and warmer clime of Sonoma Valley to the north.