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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.
A favorite wine from our Heritage vineyard, Durell, is the Origin Chardonnay. This wine is the purest expression of our vineyard, aged and fermented in concrete amphoras, egg-shaped vessels, and stainless steel tanks; this unoaked gem unveils Durell’s true essence with a depth enriched by its various soil types.
In 2022, we saw a continuation of the drought in CA, with warm weather, early bloom, and long, slow flowering. Some of our vineyard blocks that flowered during the cold stretch did not set as much fruit as typical, so we saw lower yields for the year. While this isn't ideal from a quantity standpoint, quality was great, and things began moving along quickly. We started harvest in mid-August, a week or two earlier than "normal," and as we approached Labor Day, we saw a heat wave on the horizon. We were in a good spot and could bring in much of our fruit before the heat. The grapes we let hang through the heat were still a ways away from being ready to harvest. In recent years we have been leaving more leaves on the vines to help shade and keep the fruit on the vines from being scorched by the sun. This decision helped us this year in particular. After the heat, temperatures cooled in the region, and we were able to bring in the rest of our fruit in the weeks following. All in all, we are very happy with the quality of this vintage and thankful for our team rallying during this intense time of year.
This vibrant vintage invites your palate to enjoy of light tropical fruits, candied lemon dust, and the delicate sweetness of honey and citrus blossom. The absence of oak allows the natural flavors to shine, providing a crisp and refreshing profile that embodies the unspoiled beauty of its origin.