Rooted amongst layered tumbled rock of Durell’s iconic Stone Flats Block presents challenges for the vines producing small clusters of the heritage ‘old wente’ clone famously known for concentration and power. Durell intersects uniquely by Sonoma’s three diverse micro-appellations, Sonoma Coast, Carneros, and Sonoma Valley. The variety of microclimates in the hillside coastal regions combined with ancient oceanic history makes this one of the most heralded sites for growing intense Chardonnay in Northern California.
Appellation Sonoma Valley
Grower Rob Harris, Price Family
Soil Marine Loam, Ancient River Bottom, Cobblestone
Clones Heritage Old Wente
2021 Auteur Durell Chardonnay
Exotic notes of lychee, white peach, and yuzu mingle with hazelnut and nutmeg, mimicking a Meursault-style. Touches of sea salt and wet stone, laced with hints of fresh bread dough, create a luscious and glossy finish.