In the same ballpark, the 2017 Chardonnay Durell comes from a Sonoma Coast site and is a richer, fuller Chardonnay that offers lots of lemon curd, pineapple, and some orchard fruits as well as a kiss of smoky minerality. Medium-bodied, nicely textured, and beautifully balanced, the wine builds with time in the glass, displaying a beautiful mid-palate and a great finish. While it’s one of the richer wines in the lineup, it’s firmly in the new, racy, crisp style of the estate.
The 2015 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard opens with alluring lemon curd, green guava and ripe apricot notes with suggestions of allspice, coriander seed, almond croissant and orange blossom. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a seductive oiliness to the texture with loads of rich tropical fruit layers generously accented with baking spice notions, finishing very long. (LPB)
This gorgeous white has a density and weight to it that never becomes heavy, instead remaining complex and steely in character. Wet stone, apricot and key lime intermingle effortlessly around a core of balanced richness and supportive acidity, the oak well-integrated and nuanced. (VB)
From its deep and oh-so-generous aromas to its concentrated, multi-faceted flavors, this expressive working impresses as being as polished and well-crafted as it is unrelentingly rich. It manages to be both juicy and wonderfully complex with a full measure of optimally ripened fruit neatly matched to its plentiful complement of sweet oak and lees, and, if structured to keep and conveying a great sense of reserve, it is nonetheless a decidedly showy wine in its youth. If given the choice, we would opt to wait for a couple of years before pulling its cork, but neither would we be averse to drinking it tonight alongside the likes of the richest salmon, swordfish or lobster recipes.
Breadth, power and richness are the signatures in the 2015 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard. The 2015 has really come together nicely over the last year. Creamy and generous, with terrific resonance, the Durell will appeal most to readers who like larger Chardonnays. Naturally forming small clusters and small berries in these diseased vines give the Durell much of its distinctive personality. (AG)
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