A taste of a something spellbinding always beats a glut of something good. We are small-batch by design, harvesting from a handful of low-yielding estate rows. The resulting wines, while limited in output, are far-reaching in flavor, finesse, and personality.
For Winemaker Kenneth Juhasz, vinification is a matter of call and response. The call comes from world-class vineyards rooted in one-of-a-kind locales. The response comes from a winemaking style that is both wise and intuitive. In the end, there’s genuine harmony.
Pinot Noir is notoriously picky, but Durell Vineyard has all of its favorite amenities. Warm valley days, cool coastal nights, and rich resident soils make for well-rounded wines that show both purity of fruit and striking minerality.
Kenneth has worked with the site for well over a decade and continues to be amazed by its reliable quality and outspoken flavors. “There tends to be a lot of red fruit with an underlayer of earth,” Kenneth says of our flagship wine.
STAR MOORING FARM
The wine from this Willamette Valley site relies on rare soil types, ideal exposure, and outstanding topography to sing its idiosyncratic song.
And yet, in a lot of ways, what comes out of Star Mooring Farm reminds our vintner of Burgundy, the birthplace of Pinot Noir. “They’re still young vines, but I tend to get concentrated dark fruit—a style I particularly like that reminds me of Gevrey-Chambertin,” Kenneth says.
The Durell Chardonnay dazzles with its one-two punch of breezy tropical fruit and grounding minerality. It’s a textured, talkative wine with an even build and a lasting finish.
“With the Chardonnay, you get the influence and characteristics of all three AVAs: Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Los Carneros,” says Rob Harris, Director of Vineyard Operations. In other words: bold flavors, bright acidity, and plenty of complexity.
— Ellie Phipps Price, Founder