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2017 Durell Vineyard Origin Chardonnay

Our unoaked Origin Chardonnay is a truly expressive wine that we make from our homesite - Durell Vineyard. With this Chardonnay, we sought to create a wine that embodied a true, raw relationship between this beautiful varietal and its site. A bright and vibrant wine, it was fermented in concrete and stainless steel, allowing the fruit to stand for itself without oak influence. The acid integrates beautifully to bring this wine to life, while the concrete creates depth and a light creaminess. We hope you relish this pure expression of Durell Chardonnay. 

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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.
Sonoma Coast
Gravelly and cobbley clay loam
Total Acidity
7.2 g/L
11 months in 71% concrete egg, 29% stainless steel
19 days in concrete amphora
Alcohol %
181 Cases