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."