2018 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay
This vintage is a classic expression of Durell Old Wente Chardonnay. The vines struggle in the rocky soils, yielding tiny, flavor-packed clusters. The resulting wine is a stunning expression of place, boasting aromas of tart apricot, white nectarine and honeysuckle, with hints of delicate, toasty oak adding layers of complexity. The citrusy, mineral-laden palate explodes with flavors of succulent golden peach, Meyer lemon, lime zest and toasted hazelnuts. The perfect balance between fresh and velvety, with laser-focused acidity, powerful structure and an exceptionally long finish.
Originally planted in 1979 by Ed Durell, this famous 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 Pacifi c 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 signifi cantly 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.