2017 Durell Vineyard Pinot Blanc

2017 Durell Vineyard Pinot Blanc

When we planted Pinot Blanc at Durell, we were confident that this variety would shine in our rolling hills and light soils.  We chose a location in a cooler bowl that would capture the night air and elongate the growing season, allowing the grapes to develop complexity and depth in the skins.  We love the highlights of key lime, toasted caramel, and a kiss of oak to finish. Our barrel regimen is mostly neutral with the exception of a few, carefully selected new barrels that accentuate the creamy mouthfeel.  This unique white grape mutation of Pinot Noir brings notions of freshly baked bread that widen the palate - a bright and fresh representative of our Three Sticks lineup.

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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
Pinot Blanc
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Soil
Gravelly, clay loam
Total Acidity
6.7 g/L
pH
3.24
Aging
11 months in 100% French Oak / 30% New
Fermentation
23 days in French Oak
Alcohol %
14.4
Production
98 Cases
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