2016 Durell Vineyard Origin Chardonnay

2016 Durell Vineyard Origin Chardonnay

93pts from Wine Enthusiast
92pts from Blue Lifestyle

The unoaked Origin Chardonnay from Durell Vineyard is our chance to show a different side of this extraordinary fruit. Fermented in concrete eggs and aged in a blend of concrete and stainless steel barrels, we showcase Chardonnay’s beautiful light tropical flavors along with the depth and richness of Durell without any oak influence. The fruit stands alone and shines brightly. Flinty smoke on the mid-palate adds intrigue and hints to the sur-lie aging. Fans of any white wine will find something to love in this beautiful expression of Chardonnay.

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Vineyard
The grapes for this Durell Vineyard Origin Chardonnay come from two areas in the Vineyard.“Old Wente 5”:A block on a Northwestern-facing slope. The grapes on this slope are among the last to be picked and bask in the warm afternoon sunshine. The soil is light in color and texture. Grapes from this site give us wines with ripe fl avor and lively acidity.V9:This Vineyard block is one of the rockiest and windiest areas of Durell. The rocks absorb and radiate warmth to provide slow and even ripening. Grapes from this area give us wines with broad fl avor and stony minerality.
Vintage
2016 was a relatively smooth year that unfolded at a steady pace and with mild temperatures. While we didn’t have many exceptionally hot days, it was one of the earlier harvests on our record. Flowering and fruit set beautifully and yields were above normal, which was a nice change from previous years. We harvested our first grapes in mid-August, and had picked about 25% of our Pinot Noir and then a sudden cool spell arrived. This allowed cooler climate vineyards that had yet to be harvested to remain on the vine longer and develop deep and expressive flavors. The berries were smaller and heartier than normal which resulted in great depth of color and structure. We are extremely excited by the 2016’s - they are something special! Pretty, expressive, and pleasurable.
Technical
Technical
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Clones
Wente and Hyde
Soil
Gravelly, cobbley clay loam
Total Acidity
5.9 g/L
pH
3.55
Aging
11 Months in Concrete Egg and Stainless Steel
Fermentation
Concrete Eggs
Alcohol %
14.4
Production
302 Cases
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