Durell Vineyard is situated on a 200-acre lot that bisects the Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Coast and Carneros AVAs. The Pacific Ocean is just 30 miles to the west, the northern stretches of San Francisco Bay 10 miles south, and a 2400-foot mountain range hovers immediately north. The site is in a cold, wet spot, with hard, rocky, clay soil and is planted to old Wente selection, all of which contribute to very low yields and intense, concentrated fruit flavors with lower acidity than many of the Russian River Valley Chardonnays. The rocky soil of Durell is derived from volcanic parent material known as basalt, which has a low concentration of magnesium but very rich in minerals, ideal for cultivating premium luxury-brand grapes. The gentle slopes of Durell sit on the very interface of the valley floor and the higher coastal hill country. Durell gets the last bit of fog that clings to the hills before it dissipates over the remainder of the valley. Conversely, as a benefit, the vineyard gets some of the warmth and heat from the valley floor in the same exact areas. This combination of cool mornings, breezy afternoons and warmer days through the summer months are the best conditions for steady ripening.
Chardonnay: Lush, ripe flavors of lemon oil, white peach and brioche, with deep texture and distinctive minerality