Acclaimed vineyard near the Bay. European flair. Brilliant white nectarine and peach with underlying mineral character and clean, crisp acidity. Refined and distinctive. Perfect partner with fine cuisine.
||6 months in 40% stainless steel, 50% 2nd year & 10% new Franch oak
Aroma: Lovely white nectarine, orange blossom and peach, underlain with a flinty minerality.
Flavors: Rich, ripe peach and nectarine lead into a lively Burgundian mineral component.
Finish: Complex and well-balanced. Bright fruit lingers on the palate. One glass is not enough!
General: A finesse-driven Chardonnay ~ fresh and bright on the palate, with the structure for aging.
The Durell Vineyard borders the Carneros District in an area celebrated for great Chardonnays. The cool, breezy climate is heavily influenced by San Pablo Bay. Throughout the vineyard, shallow sandstone is permeated with rocks and fossils, stressing the vines as the roots search for nutrients. The sparse soils and the cool climate produce ideal growing conditions for slowly ripening fruit; flavor-packed berries; and very small yields. For additional quality control, any fruit that does not ripen evenly is culled, ensuring exceptional Chardonnay grape quality.
Durell Vineyard has become synonymous with “exceptional Chardonnay”, as grapes from this renowned Sonoma Valley producer are now the source of the region’s most highly acclaimed Chardonnays. Our small allocation of fruit comes from the choice Sand Hill Block. For the 2011 vintage, select lots were left on the lees to add complexity and finesse. Aging was in neutral French oak for texture and richness, new French oak for a touch of spice, and stainless steel to enhance the fruit component.
Only 375 cases