2017 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay
The beautiful bouquet opens with aromas of lemon, stone fruit and white flower petals, leading to a rich, yet mineral-driven palate that brims with creaminess and lemony persistence. Flavors of tropical fruit, honey, toasted hazelnut and flint come together to offer both richness and refinement. Tangy acidity lends a zesty, lingering and 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.