TOR Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
TOR Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label

TOR Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2005

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This is the crispest bottling from us to date…more Burgundy to me than California. Smells like steam coming off wet granite on a hot rainy morning, poached pears, vanilla. The entry on the palate starts plush, narrows with the fine acidity, the continues for a long time. This is one of the reasons I serve this at home for dinner often. Hopefully I won’t develop a "house palate". Those who know me say, "fat chance".

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In 2005, there are only two Chardonnays, as Tor went with the Wente Clone for the Durrell Vineyard, which again looks to be an impressive wine. Light gold in color with notes of crushed rocks, white currants, popcorn, and hints of brioche and lemon oil, this wine is full-bodied and rich, with superb underlying acidity and vibrancy, a characteristic of this vintage for Chardonnay.
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Perhaps the most historically significant appellation in Sonoma County, the Sonoma Valley is home to both Buena Vista winery, California's oldest commercial winery, and Gundlach Bundschu winery, California's oldest family-run winery.

It is also one of the more geologically and climactically diverse districts. The valley includes and overlaps four distinct Sonoma County sub-appellations, including Carneros, Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Mountain and Bennett Valley. With mountains, benchlands, plains, abundant sunshine and the cooling effects of the nearby Pacific, this appellation can successfully produce a wide range of grape varieties. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, and most notably, Zinfandel all thrive here. Ancient Zinfandel vines over 100 years old produce small crops of concentrated, spicy fruit, which in turn make some of the Valley's most unique wines. These can also be made as “field blends” (wines made from a mix of grape varieties grown in the same vineyard) along with Petite Sirah, Carignan and Alicante Bouschet.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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