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.