2018 Durell Vineyard Origin Chardonnay

2018 Durell Vineyard Origin Chardonnay

For years, Durell – which we are lucky enough to call home – has produced some of the most sought-after chardonnay in California. As with all our estate vineyards, we have the benefit of exploring ways to complement varietal and terroir. For instance, the Origin does not see any oak as we strive to achieve Durell’s purest expression of chardonnay. We ferment the wine in concrete eggs, amphoras and stainless-steel barrels. It is aged sur lie to maintain creaminess and texture, while the lack of oak influence showcases the purity of Durell. The 2018 vintage opens with fresh pineapple on the nose, followed by a touch of slate and minerality on the palate. The acid is in perfect balance, bringing life to the glass, culminating in a wine with finesse and freshness.


Club Release: January 15th
Allocation Release: February 11th

 

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Vintage
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.
Technical
Technical
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Soil
Gravelly and cobbley clay loam
Total Acidity
6.7 g/L
pH
3.43
Aging
11 months | Concrete Egg + Stainless Steel
Fermentation
35 days | Concrete Egg + Stainless Steel
Alcohol %
14.1
Production
363 Cases
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