2017 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay

2017 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay

We source the Durell Chardonnay from the oldest blocks of the vineyard in the hills above the Sonoma Valley. These elevated areas of the property create wind tunnels, lowering the temperature for developing fruit. Typical of Durell Chardonnay, this wine bursts with lemon meringue and orange blossom, with notes of white tea and honey. Our 2017 Durell Chardonnay marks 20 years since we purchased Durell, the birthplace of Price Family Vineyards and  Estates. We honor this occasion with a special bottling that pays homage to our original black label artwork. This Chardonnay is surely worth the tribute.


Club Release: August 6th, 2019
Allocation Release: August 20th, 2019

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Vintage
2017 was a vintage we will remember for a long time. After years of drought, we enjoyed a winter with record rainfall. Mother Nature was active, filling up dams and saturating soils while cleaning out salts that built up over time. Temperatures were cool, contributing to ideal fruit set and the season was on track for typical growth until heat waves arrived at the end of August into September. We picked some Pinot Noir prior to the heat spikes and gave the remaining vines water to let them develop further. While compressed into smaller picking windows, the grapes were perfectly developed and fermentation was steady. Thankfully, all our grapes were picked and wine was in barrel by the time the wildfires in Sonoma and Napa devastated nearby areas. Our vineyards were threatened but ultimately saved with the brave work of first responders. We are forever grateful for those who put themselves in harm's way to help save our livelihoods and for our good fortune during this atypical vintage.
Technical
Technical
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Clones
Wente, Hyde, Mt Eden, 76
Soil
Gravelly, clay loam
Total Acidity
6.6 g/L
pH
3.33
Aging
15 months/100% French Oak/30% New
Fermentation
22 days in French Oak
Alcohol %
14.6
Production
604 Cases
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