2019 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay
Peach blossom, nectarine, roasted Meyer lemon and honeycomb aromas precede a surprisingly decadent and unctuous palate experience. Layers of Chamomile, baked pear, Bourbon vanilla panna cotta and Limoncello develop into a long, silky and voluptuous, yet snappy 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 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.