The Durell Vineyard Chardonnay is the ultimate showcase of terroir. It is primarily composed of the old Wente clone, planted in various blocks throughout Durell. Each site expresses unique characteristics—one, on golden sandy soil atop a hillcrest, offers deep concentration, while another is situated at the base of the hillside on rocky soil which provides bright acidity and minerality. This 2018 staple is a rich, luxurious wine, accented with notes of honey-lemon meringue, shortbread, and yellow apple, that is best described as a ray of sunshine in your glass.
The 2018 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard comes from a site on the Sonoma Coast and it’s a medium to full-bodied, upfront, soft, and ready to go Chardonnay that has impressive melon and buttered citrus-like fruits as well as ample floral nuances. It falls off on the finish, but this still has tons of character and is a joy to drink.