Our Heritage Vineyards, including Durell, Gap’s Crown, and Walala, are the cornerstone of exceptional pinot noir and chardonnay. These renowned sites have become iconic vineyards in California, showcasing their legacy and greatness. At Three Sticks, amongst select producers, honor their history while forging a path of continued success for future generations crafting beautiful wines.
Our Heritage estate vineyard, Durell, has been designed and farmed with an absolute commitment to producing the finest quality grapes for nearly fifty years. Its rich history and deep-rooted legacy make it a treasure of Sonoma County. We take great pride in our ownership of this vineyard and offering its exceptional wines to you. Our Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir is a staple in our collection of estate pinot noirs and chardonnays, being the firstborn in 2002. Our 2021 vintage opens with dynamic layers that exhilarate your palate, excite your mind, and force you to immediately say, “yum.”
The 2021 vintage began with a very dry winter making early irrigation in the vineyards necessary to counteract the lack of rain. With cooler weather around budbreak and flowering, we saw a fair amount of fluctuation in the timing and development of the grapes. This led to highly variable yields at harvest, which kept our winegrowing team on their toes. Harvest got underway on the last day of August and continued throughout September at a steady, methodical pace. Overall, the fruit was quite enticing, with medium to full body and particularly impressive tannin structures on the Pinots.
Grown in the loamy soils, this wine holds hints of red fruit, toasted marcona almonds, and a dusting of cardamom. Tender, with a touch of silky backbone, this pinot noir is well-suited for any special occasion.