2016 Dunstan Chardonnay, Durell Vineyard
Our 2016 Chardonnay is a wine that showcases the powerful opulence and concentration of our vineyard’s fruit married with the vibrant freshness and smooth finish we seek each vintage.
91 pts WineEnthusiast:
Earthy, floral and steely in style, this offers plenty of lithe, buoyant acidity and citrus-driven fruit to keep it fresh and nervy in the glass. Smoothly textured and high toned in nature, it shows the diversity of the great vineyard site.
The end of a 4+ year drought in California saw an early budbreak yet again in spring 2016. Warm summertime weather pushed ripening along beautifully. Another early harvest (August 22) yielded Chardonnay with depth, power, vibrant fruit notes and incredible freshness.
Ranch House Block:
The Durell vineyard “Ranch House” block includes 5 acres of old Wente Chardonnay that we dedicate to Dunstan. The small clusters show the classic “hens and chicks” morphology with small and medium berries bound together creating an intensely flavorful wine with gorgeous signature Durell minerality.
Our new 2016 vintage Chardonnay has no malolactic fermentation and was aged 15 months in 20% new French cooperage.