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Vintage 2017
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Region Sonoma Valley
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren
Nestled in the cool, southern portion of the Sonoma Valley the rolling hills of the prestigious Durell Vineyard enjoy the optimum growing conditions for the Chardonnay grape. Barrel fermented in French oak, our Durell Chardonnay has rich texture with complex tropical fruit elements balanced by notes of meyer lemon.

Tasting Notes

Signature Durell minerality, coupled with an intensity and plush mouthfeel are evident in this vintage, with aromas and flavors of creamy nougat, poached pear, tart meyer lemon and mango quickly following. Golden in color, with bright acidity, the wine lingers in a memorable finish. Oak spice and vanilla complete the flavor profile. Never shy, recognizable and telling of its origins, this is one of Sonoma’s most distinctive and well-known chardonnays.

Winemaking Notes

Classic winemaking techniques of barrel fermentation and sur lie aging are used in crafting this single vineyard Chardonnay. Clonal selection plays an important role in the final blend, with both Clone 5 and Clone 15 being used exclusively. After completing 100 % malolactic fermentation, the wine spent 16 months in 100% French oak barrels (32% new), gaining further complexity while resting for six additional months following bottling.

Vineyard Notes

The celebrated Durell Vineyard, first planted in 1979, is found in the northwestern corner of Carneros on the Sonoma side of this unique growing region. Durell, with 60 distinct blocks on 160 acres, is strongly influenced by the cooling breezes and morning fog from the nearby San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay, and basks in the plentiful afternoon sunshine. Elevations range upwards to 500 feet above sea level. Soils here are sandy, as well as volcanic with rocky Goulding clay loam. Gently rolling slopes benefit from both the cool Bay breezes and warmer clime of Sonoma Valley to the north.

Vintage Notes

Overall, 2017 proved to be a slightly smaller yielding vintage but one of exceptional quality. A brief period of warm weather occurred during Labor Day weekend which accelerated the harvest in some areas. Temperatures subsided quickly, and the fruit was allowed to mature and ripen perfectly on the vines before harvest officially began. Overall, a quick and intense harvest, with all the fruit picked early in September. The quality of the vintage shows great flavor intensity, perfect ripening and maturity, lovely balance and complexity.