Chardonnay is perfectly suited for the rolling hillsides and stony river bottom flats of our beautiful estate vineyard, Durell, and the unoaked Origin is the naked, pure expression of the varietal grown in this special site. Rocky, volcanic soils radiate warmth to the vines throughout the day, while cooling fog and coastal breezes contribute to the remarkable diversity of this vineyard in the heart of Sonoma. We ferment this wine in concrete eggs, amphoras, and stainless-steel barrels to showcase the beauty of the fruit, without the effects of oak. Bright and balanced, the palate opens with an energetic pop of acidity, followed by richness and texture from the sur lie aging process.
The 2019 vintage boasts aromas of jasmine, apple blossom, and moonflower, while kumquat, lychee, and Asian pear on the palate move to a finish that demands another sip. Recently featured in Wine Spectator's California Chardonnay Tasting Report, we have pulled a limited amount of this wine from our cellar for purchase alongside our fall offering.