2008 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay
California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Coast
Built to last
Today’s Dunstan Wine 2008 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay is remarkable in a few respects. First and foremost, it is drinking just beautifully, exhibiting no sign of being past its prime. In fact, we feel that this delicious wine is really at its peak. Second, the Durell Vineyard is unique in that it spans three separate and overlapping appellations: The Sonoma Coast AVA, the Sonoma Valley AVA and a small corner of Carneros. The wine shows wonderful influence from each of these Chardonnay-growing sub-regions.
This wine is aromatic, flavorful and silky on the palate, this expressive wine is pleasing to all of the senses. Drinking beautifully, right now, we’ll be drinking most of ours into the Springtime - but we’ll also lay a few bottles down to see how it progresses. We Wine Spies love to find Chardonnay that has aging potential.
Serve well-chilled and pair with a dried cheese plate, or sliced apple and a crostini. A salad with cranberry, walnut, pear and goat cheese would also be lovely. If you are looking for a more hearty pairing, we would suggest a risotto with shrimp.
This wine has a bright golden hues with a thick and silky quality that causes the wine to cling to the glass. Chubby legs take a long time to form, before they move slowly down the glass.
Sweet aromas of honeydew, caramel apple, buttered popcorn, butterscotch, and tart green apple take the lead. Citrus rind, toasty oak, chestnut and subtle mineral follow behind.
More tart than the sweet nose would suggest, with flavors of honeydew melon, citrus rind, ripe green apple. Nutty and savory flavors of toasted oak, almond and chestnut follow on.
Silky, clean, austere and nutty on the finish with hints of citrus and apple that tail off before the savory flavors do.