2014 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay
Golden Delicious Apple, toasted brioche and crème brulée entice the nose before opening up into a decadent flavors of caramel and toasted almond toffee. The palate is powerful and bright, with richness and body perfectly balanced by a backbone of vibrant acidity.
Originally planted in 1979 by Ed Durell, this famous 135-acre vineyard is located in the southwestern foothills of the Sonoma Valley, north of the San Pablo Bay and east of the Petaluma Wind Gap. The site is characterized partly by its Region II climate, where conditions are moderated by the Bay and the Pacific Ocean effects, making it ideal for cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. This block of Chardonnay is planted to an Old Wente selection, a Clone that can vary significantly depending on its growing conditions. The rocky, volcanic soils at Durell Vineyard create a challenging environment for the vines’ root system, yielding very small grape clusters that have tremendous concentration and power.