93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
93 Points - International Wine Report
92 Points - Wine Spectator
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The 2018 Durell Vineyard grapes were harvested in separate blocks and fermented in a combination of new and used French oak barrels from top coopers. We split the pick of the Barn block to retain freshness in an early pick while gaining aromatic complexity in a later pick. This wine displays outstanding energy on the palate, with citrus and stone fruits and a long, clean finish.
The Sojourn Durell Vineyard Chardonnay is a made from 100% Old Wente clone from two blocks of the famous Durell Vineyard. The Hill block was planted in the 90s and gives very low yields of small clusters with prominent hen and chick berries. These small bunches provide extraordinary flavors, complexity, and texture. The Barn block's younger vines were planted in 2009 and they are still only producing small amounts of fruit with concentrated, lively, and exotic characteristics.
The 2018 Sonoma Coast vintage offered moderate weather, cool evening temperatures and a long, even growing season. The weather conditions were ideal and allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly over the course of summer and early fall. This allowed the grapes to gain flavor complexities and ripe tannins, while retaining natural acidity. The vineyards offered grapes of exceptional quality and high yields alike.
Vineyard: Durell Vineyard
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Fermentation: French Oak barrels 80% Malolactic Fermentation, Native Yeast
Aging: 40% New French Oak
pH: 3.49 TA: 6.40 g/L
Bottled Unfined August 2019
Cases Produced: 450
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90 Points, Gold Medal
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