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2021 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay


Pale yellow. Luxurious perfumes lift high, pinned by the marine-earthen tones of the lower reaches of Sonoma Valley/Carneros. Fully ripe yellow and orange citrus flesh and blooms, and a golden fruited body lead to a silken-weighted middle, sparked by natural acids and a lengthy finish that persists with hints of herbed nut oils. The weightiest of our fall release wines but so driven by its well-integrated acidity, that it belies its own density and sits perfectly balanced.

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97 points
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent

The 2021 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard flies out with vibrant notes of lime leaves, lemon curd, and grapefruit oil with touches of wet pebbles, coriander seed, and chalk dust. The full-bodied palate is bright and shiny with the liveliness coming from the citrus fruits, yet the acidity is absolutely seamless, finishing long and minerally.

97 points
James Suckling

Light golden green color with unique aromas of sliced lemon, salted caramel and flint. It’s full and oily yet at the same time dynamic and very fresh, with sliced citrus, tarte tatin, and dried fruit. Loads of lemon zest. What a finish. Keeps on changing in the glass. Flamboyant. Savory. Give it until 2025 and onwards.

95 points
Vinous, Antonio Galloni

The 2021 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard offers a beguiling mix of fruit intensity framed by strong mineral, soil-driven tons. Lemon confit, tangerine peel, chamomile, graphite, and dried herbs fill out the layers in a Chardonnay marked by intense minerality, strong citrus character and fabulous balance.

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