WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    100% Chardonnay
  • APPELLATION
    Sonoma Coast, CA
  • ALCOHOL
    14.40%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    15 Months; 100% French Oak, 33% New
  • PRODUCTION
    675 Cases

95pts Decanter: Terrific complexity and elegance with dominant notes of fresh apple, oyster shell, hazelnut, peach and a touch of wood smoke. Full bodied yet with impressive freshness and a stunning long finish.

95pts Wine Enthusiast: From the producer’s estate vineyard, this wine offers flavors of white flowers, Meyer lemon, melon and mineral that mingle effortlessly on the medium-bodied palate. Beautifully layered and balanced, it lingers in tones of nutmeg, crushed rock and lemongrass.

There is good reason Bob Cabral’s name is synonymous with great Chardonnay. With decades of experience in Sonoma County, Bob’s passion, experience and the following for his work with the varietal is second to none. From 1998 to 2014 Bob Cabral was winemaker for Williams Selyem. There, he led the winery into a new era, overseeing an expansion of new vineyard sources and bottlings for the brand, along with the construction of a state-of the art winery.

The list of wineries producing top-scoring wines from Durell reads like a Who’s Who of Sonoma: Kistler. Tor. Patz & Hall. Chasseur. Lioco. Saxon Brown. Chateau St. Jean. But taste 20 Durell Vineyard wines from the same vintage and no two will taste alike. The expression of this vineyard seems to have no boundaries.The full estate spans 400 acres, with the Pacific Ocean 30 miles to the west and the northern stretches of the San Francisco Bay 10 miles to the south. To the immediate north, the Mayacamas rise up 2400 feet, sheltering the northern blocks from daily maritime winds. Mountain, bay and ocean influences combine to produce wines of extraordinary depth and complexity. Bill Price purchased Durell in 1997, and the Price Family (Kistler Vineyards, Gary Farrell Winery, Three Sticks, Lutum and Head High) introduced Three Sticks Wines in 2002. “That’s what drove me to make wine in the first place,” Bill recalls. “We had all these different wines from our vineyard, and I wanted to make wines that were just as distinctive. I have my pick of the vineyard rows, and love to see what is created from this place.”

Bob Cabral's winemaking philosophy has remained constant throughout his career—to source and farm the best fruit possible, with minimal intervention in the cellar. He was awarded the 2011 Wine Star Award from the Wine Enthusiast as “Winemaker of the Year.”

TASTING NOTES 

From the Winery: Durell Vineyard Chardonnay is always one of the most anticipated wines of the season. We source from four different blocks, each bringing a unique characteristic to the wine. The Wente clone from sandy soils in the highest and oldest part of the vineyard provides immense depth and concentration. The Mt. Eden clone grown in heavier soils delivers light, citrusy elements. Lastly, the Dijon clone from cobblestone soils lower on the property brings minerality and slate to brighten the body. Together, they create a nuanced Chardonnay exemplifying the perfect blend and balance of the vineyard.

Brioche, hazelnut and a touch of apple skin rise on the nose of this lovely, rich and high-toned wine. Tart acidity presents as crushed rock and stone with a balanced sense of concentration and ripeness that makes it deliciously ready for the table.