2016 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay
The Old Wente selection of Chardonnay notoriously produces tiny clusters and berries that are packed with beautiful aromas and flavors. The 2016 vintage Durell exudes aromas of honeysuckle, peach, roasted lemon and hazelnut. Bold, spicy and zesty on entry, the palate unfolds into an array of flavors reminiscent of nectarine, white flower petals, wildflower honey and lightly toasted brioche. The wine has a rich and opulent texture, with a beautiful core of acidity that together, create a long, powerful, mouthwatering finish.
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, which 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.