Steele Wines Chardonnay Durell Vineyard 750ml

Steele Wines Chardonnay Durell Vineyard 750ml 2324605*

$78.39 $70.39 price per bottle

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All of our single vineyard designated Chardonnays are 100% barrel fermented in French oak. We use 30% new barrels each vintage and the wines are in barrel for 10-12 months. The wines are then bottled without tight filtration. These may show a slight haze but this is merely a mark of gentle handling. These Chardonnays should age for ten years or more. Aromas citrus zest and ripe stone fruit are prominent. The flavors are lively and rich with tropical fruit and baked apple with a hint of caramelized sugar.

Wine maker notes
Durell Vineyard is in a warmer location as the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains surround it and just at the northern boundary of the Carneros Appellation. This protection makes this vineyard less windy which also helps ripening. We harvest the Durell Chardonnay 10-14 days prior to harvesting the grapes from Sangiacomo, even though they are only two miles apart. The Durell combines the citrus, pear and mango notes to create a deliciously complex wine.

I’ve been making wine in California for almost 50 years and 2017 is the 25th anniversary of Steele Wines in Lake County. Like many winemakers, I started in the cellar. That was in 1968 at Stony Hill in the Napa Valley. After I earned my enology degree at UC Davis I ended up at Edmeades in the Anderson Valley, then started Kendall-Jackson in Lake County. The benefit of having been in the wine industry for so long is that you get a lot of experience with grape growers and vineyards across the state. I’ve made wine from just about every wine region in California, from Santa Barbara to Mendocino. We consistently draw on some of the finest vineyards in California. But our goal was never to be a huge winery. We bottle a lot of different varietals under four unique brands, but most of our wines are made in lots of fewer than 1,000 cases. This reflects my fascination with many diverse varietals and vineyard sites. And staying small means we can practice true craftmanship in the production of all of our wines. We thank you for your patronage, and hope you enjoy our wines. Jed Steele Owner/Winemaker

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Vintage: 2017
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Size: 750 ml
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