This single-vineyard bottling from one of our most well-known estate vineyards offers aromas of white peach, spiced pears, orange blossom, hazelnuts and crushed rocks. Stone fruit, nectarine and tangelo flavors are counter balanced with flinty, textural finish.
Jeb Dunnuck 98 - From a site on the Sonoma Coast (this comes all from a block within the Durell Vineyard), the 2017 Chardonnay Stone Côte Vineyard reminds me of a Grand Cru Chablis on steroids, with gorgeous lemon curd, iodine, white flowers, crushed chalky, and a touch of green almond, with its oak beautifully integrated. Showing medium to full-bodied richness as well as flawless balance, this is a Chardonnay that builds with time in the glass as well as on the palate and has bright, salty acidity and incredible length. Beautifully done, it’s another thrilling Chardonnay from this estate.
Wine Enthusiast 97 - This is from an estate block within the original Durell Vineyard, 100% barrel fermented and aged, only 27% of the French oak new. Complex and exotic in baked pear, nuts, tangerine and crushed rock, it offers a fulsome richness balanced by mineral-laden tension and lasting acidity.
Wine Advocate 93 - The 2017 Chardonnay Stone Côte sashays out of the glass with provocative apricot tart, honey-drizzled pears and spice cake notes plus suggestions of fresh ginger and marzipan. Medium-bodied, the palate possesses bags of finesse and freshness and a satiny texture to boot, finishing on an invigorating citrusy note.