Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.6%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The grapes for the 2009 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay come from two blocks. Block 3's light soil gives fruit that provides our wine its classic flavor, richness and deep texture. The "Rocky Flat" block provides the lush, ripe flavor and distinctive minerality that deliciously complement the "Wente" lot, bringing two of the loveliest attributes of Durell together in your glass.
"Complex and layered, offering toasty oak, creamy fig and melon flavors, with a dash of honeysuckle and apricot folding in on the finish. Elegant and starting to drink well now."
"Another very nice Chardonnay from Durell. It’s almost too oaky, with charred, buttered toast aromas and flavors dominating. But the underlying tropical fruit, orange cream and mineral flavors are fine, and so is the zesty acidity. The winemaker might want to lower the amount of new oak, or the level of toast, because the wine really doesn’t need that much."
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Three Sticks is a boutique, family owned winery committed to creating small–lot, artisanal wines from exceptional vineyard sites, such as the famed Durell Estate Vineyard in Sonoma, CA.
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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...
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