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Durell Vineyard

 


Renowned for superb Chardonnay grapes, this 85-acre vineyard is situated in southwestern Sonoma Valley, adjacent to the Carneros District. The cool, breezy climate is heavily influenced by the Bay, 10 miles to the south. Shallow sandstone is permeated by stones and fossils, which stresses the vines as the roots search for nutrients.

Weather patterns influenced by the Bay and sparse soils create ideal growing conditions -- slowly ripening fruit; small, flavor-packed berries; and very small yields. Vineyard manager Steve Hill and his crew will drop clusters of fruit which do not ripen evenly or develop fully. This practice of “culling” fruit results in even smaller yields, while insuring the optimal quality.
 
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