2018 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay

2018 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay

The Durell Vineyard Chardonnay is the ultimate showcase of terroir. It is primarily composed of Old Wente clone, planted in various blocks throughout Durell.  Each block expresses unique characteristics—one, on golden sandy soil atop a hillcrest, offers deep concentration, while another, situated at the base of the hillside, struggles on rockier soil that provides a bright acid line and minerals. These components combine to a rich, luxurious wine, accented by lime and slate minerality. With additional notes of honey-lemon meringue, shortbread, and yellow apple, this is a mouthwatering vintage that is best described as a ray of sunshine in your glass.

Club Release: Monday, August 3rd
Allocation Release: Tuesday, August 18th

 

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2018 was one of those magical years. With a mild spring, the early growing season plodded along at a relatively normal pace. Once the berries set, we knew we had a healthy and full crop. So full, in fact, we did a number of fruit-thinning passes to reduce load on the vines. Even with this, we were happy to see an above-average harvest with superb quality. We started picking in earnest after Labor Day, with cool, fall weather that allowed us to transfer the grapes in a calm and measured pace. All in all, 2018 will go down as a year to remember, with wines of true depth and power.
Year
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Soil
Gravelly clay loam
Titratable Acidity
6.4 g/L
pH
3.44
Aging
15 Months | 100% French Oak, 30% New
Fermentation
48 days | 100% French Oak
Alcohol %
14.1
Production
744 Cases
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