Vineyard: Durell

OwnersBill Price, Ellie Price
AppellationSonoma Valley
StoryFirst planted in 1979 by San Francisco businessman Ed Durell and his vineyard manager Steve Hill. Located in the southwestern foothills of Sonoma Valley, the vineyard receives its moderate climate from San Pablo Bay to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west. All of the vineyard is in the Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations, with a portion in Carneros. Elevations run from the valley floor to 500 ft. The vineyard is now owned by Bill and Ellie Price, but continues to be managed by Steve Hill and his son Ned. It is 180 acres planted predominantly to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with a little Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Noir

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., Unreleased. Same vinification as the 2011 vintage. Aged in 40% new French oak barrels. Bottled 1 month before this tasting. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Subdued, but pleasant aromas of red cherry, loam and spice. Delicious with obvious potential, featuring vivid flavors of raspberry, cherry and spice. The oak is fully integrated and the fine-grain tannins are only modestly imposing. Terrific charm with a glorious cherry-driven finish. Score: 93. Reviewed July 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Rosé

12.9% alc., 95 cases, $25. Cellared and bottled by Sand Hill Wines of Sonoma. A true rosé made from grapes grown expressly for this wine from the 8.5-acre Ranch House Block planted in 2005. Pressed immediately to 50% neutral oak barrels and 50% stainless steel tanks. · Pale orange color and clear in the glass. Demure aromas of strawberries, rose petals and seashells. Very delicate flavors of strawberries, orange zest, watermelon and cantaloupe. Crisp, bright and refreshing. Score: 87. Reviewed July 21, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.1% alc., 400+ cases, $45. Release September 20, 2014. Aged in 30% new French oak barrels. No malolactic fermentation. · Very fresh nose redolent of lemon curd, nutty oak and salt air. Crisp and bright on the palate with good intensity of lemon, nectarine, pear and honey flavors Score: 93. Reviewed July 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Loring Wine Company Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $50, screwcap. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Slow to evolve on the nose, but eventually very enticing with scents of ollaliberry jam, black raspberries and baking spices. Full-bodied but streamlined, with a decadent core of dark red berry fruits. Smooth and bright with well-proportioned tannin and a complimentary oak sheen. The amazing finish is ridiculously long, returning over a minute for several encores. The longest finish of all the Loring wines in this vintage. Score: 93. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Pali Wine Co. Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.5% alc., $50. Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Attractive scents of apple, lemon pie, peach, and tropical fruits including pineapple. Citrus-driven flavors on the palate, with a hint of caramel, roasted nuts and buttery oak. Some fullness on the palate with decent acidity. A California-styled Chardonnay that leaves a good impression with a delightful finishing grip. Score: 90. Reviewed August 15, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Gary Farrell Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.40, TA 0.68, 153 cases, $55. Harvest Brix 23º. Wente selection. Whole cluster pressed. Native fermentation and aged 8 months in 40% new French oak barrels (a mixture of barrels and 500-L puncheons). · Moderately light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Fresh, clean aromas of steely lemon. Discreet fullness on the palate with flavors of lemon, baked pear, caramel and buttery, smoky oak in the background. Crisp, with a clean mouthfeel. Score: 89. Reviewed July 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Pali Wine Co. Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 113 cases, $56. Clones 115, 667 and Pommard 5. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Opens over time in the glass to reveal stellar aromas of cherry, strawberry and complimentary oak. Modest in weight, with a core of earthy dark red and black berry fruits overlain with a prominent oak sheen. There are notes of stem and savory herbs that might be oak-driven. The finish is a bit sharp and angular. Tasted the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine showed a prominent oak overlay. Score: 88. Reviewed August 15, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Origin Sonoma Valley Chardonnay

13.5% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.71, 269 cases, $42. From Old Wente 5 Block (ripe flavor) and V9 Block which is one of the rockiest and windiest areas of Durell (broad flavor and minerality). Fermented in concrete egg and aged in stainless steel for 14 months. No malolactic fermentation. Winemakers Don Van Staaveren and Tracy Bledsoe. · Moderate yellow gold color and clear in the glass. Vibrant and pure aromas of lemon, peach jam, cantaloupe, passion fruit and a hint of butter. Crisp and lively in the mouth, with refreshing flavors of lemon, yellow grapefruit and peach. The finish displays a good bite of acidity along with steely, iced lemon flavors. This wine will please lovers of clean, unoaked, and unplugged Chardonnay. Score: 92. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

13.3% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.80, 318 cases, $45. Sourced from the Durell Vineyard 8.5-acre Ranch House Block planted in 2005 with 3.5-acres of old Wente selection with the balance to 5 different clones of Pinot Noir. 50% whole cluster and 50% destemmed old Wente Chardonnay aged 14 months in French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was inhibited at the end of primary fermentation. · Medium golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Very lovely nose offering effusive aromas of lemon, brioche, vanilla and spice. Beautifully composed and balanced with appealing flavors of lemon, baked apple, banana and oak spice offering good richness of flavor. The overall impression is one of freshness and crispness with a finish that is outright lip-smacking. Score: 93. Reviewed October 27, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

13.3% alc., $45. Aged 14 months in 40% new French oak barrels. No malolactic fermentation. · Bright yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromas of buttery pear, lemon curd and caramelized oak lead to a silky palate of pear, white peach lemon, and stony minerality. Bright and thirst quenching. Score: 90. Reviewed July 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Sonoma Valley Chardonnay

13.5% alc., pH 3.43, TA 0.69, 511 cases, $48. Sourced from Old Wente 1 Block, one of the oldest, coldest and windiest sections of Durell and Rocky Flat Block planted to Dijon 76. Fermented in concrete egg and oak barrels, aged in 60% new French oak barrels for 14 months. 100% malolactic fermentation. · Moderate yellow-gold color and clear in the glass. Very nicely perfumed with aromas of lemon, pear, nori and the faintest oak. A delicious wine of elegance, class and sophistication featuring vivid flavors of lemon curd, lime, spice and toasty oak. Crisp and juicy, with excellent underlying mineral-driven acidity, finishing with length and lemon goodness. I am partial to barrel fermented, 100% malolactic fermented Chardonnay, and this wine delivers without being overwrought with oak-driven accents. Score: 94. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 316 cases, $55. Bottled 14 months ago and just released. Composed of 5 clones grown in volcanic soils. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Endowed with hi-tone aromas of fresh cherry, strawberry, spice and a hint of oak. Rather exotic tasting with mid weight flavors of cherry, raspberry, other wild berries, red plum, and peppery spice. Silky with complimentary barrel management. Score: 90. Reviewed July 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 LUTUM Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.39% alc., 125 cases, $60. Clone 667 planted in Goulding cobbly clay loam. Brix at harvest 22.5º. 100% de-stemmed. · Light garnet in color in the glass. Aromatic from the start, with scents of cherry, raspberry, sandalwood and a pleasant note of spice. Light in weight but flavorful, featuring a cherry theme that makes an impression on the mid palate, carrying over to a refreshing finish fueled by bright acidity. The tannins are reserved and the sense is one of liveliness. There are complimentary notes of strawberry, earth, grass, grilled mushroom and oak in the background. Score: 88. Reviewed January 20, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.2% alc., $35. Sourced from Gap’s Crown, Durell, Dutton Ranch, Sun Chase, and Parmalee Hill vineyards. Whole cluster pressed, indigenous yeast fermentations, aged sur lie with weekly stirring, 100% malolactic fermentation in barrel, aged in 40% new French oak barrels, and bottled without filtration. · Pale straw color in the glass. Pleasant perfume of baked pear, honey and toast. Moderately rich with a comforting smoothness, featuring lemony, nutty, toasty flavors with a hint of toffee, leaving some lemon-driven scent on the lively finish. Seamless and thoroughly enjoyable. Very good. Reviewed October 2, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Loring Wine Company Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.9%, $48. · A big, full-on style of Chardonnay in the Kistler tradition with plenty of attractive buttery white stone fruit and citrus aromas and flavors. Oak is involved but not intrusive, while the alcohol lends body and creaminess. Very good. Reviewed April 4, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Loring Wine Company Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $48, screw cap. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of fresh cherries and ripe strawberries. Round and polished in the mouth with a refined core of ripe, dark red cherries and berries, finishing long with a cherry-fueled intensity. This wine displays the most juiciness and tension of the Loring wines tasted this day and exhibits impeccable balance. Reviewed April 4, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.80, 291 cases, $50. A blend of all five clones in the Ranch House Block. Aged 14 months in French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Pleasingly aromatic with scents of dark berries, toasty oak and mushrooms on the grill. Impressive mid palate attack of dark red and black berry fruit with a hint of brandy-soaked cherries. A little earthiness adds to the appeal. With a satisfying fullness on the palate, full ripeness, and a long finish, this wine aims to please. On top of that, it has a uniqueness that sets it apart. Reviewed May 5, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Pali Wine Co. Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 100 cases, $54, screw cap. Clones 115, 667 and Pommard 5. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Pleasing aromas of strawberries and raspberries with a hint of sassafras and rose petals. Tasty essence of red berries with a subtle herbal bent, offering some length on the generous and dry finish. Supple tannins and very approachable now. Still appealing the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed July 23, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.70, 282 cases, $65. From 3 blocks, 667, 115 and 777. 15% whole cluster. Aged 14 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Very shy fruit on the dusty, earthy nose. Juicy plum and dark cherry middleweight flavors clothed in balanced tannins, offering a silky mouth feel and a good cut of acidity on the finish. Still young and needs more time to fully integrate the oak, but the potential is obvious. Very good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.63, 253 cases. 10% whole cluster. Clones 667, 115 and 777. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy initially, opening with swirling to reveal aromas of spiced dark berries, herbs, and dark rose petals. Striking mid palate presence with a vanguard of black cherry fruit that really coats the mouth and hangs on for a memorable, long finish in which the fruit slips off the back of the palate like a silk sheet. Fine grain tannins add structure and oak is beautifully integrated. A lot to like. Very good (+). Reviewed March 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay

14.4% alc., $39.95. · Golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Oak-driven aromas of toffee, butterscotch, allspice and mocha java with baked pear in the background. Tasty middleweight flavors of baked pear, baked apple, honey, oak toast and minerals with good fullness and roundness. The heavy oak influence is not for me personally, but the wine is well crafted in its style. Good (+). Reviewed April 4, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Dunstan Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.63, 231 cases, $50. Second vintage from Ranch House Block at Durell Vineyard. A blend of 115, 667, 828 clones and Calera and Swan selections. Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Placed second out of 460 Pinot Noirs tasted at the 10th Annual Pinot Noir Summit in 2012. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Evocative nose offering aromas of spiced black cherries, black cap raspberries, sassafras and oak, picking up interest and intensity over time in the glass. Offers moderately dense and very ripe flavors of dark cherries and berries with notes of tea and vanilla. Soft in the mouth, almost creamy, with silky tannins and amazing length on the generous finish. Simply delicious. Top notch. Reviewed June 24, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.63, 253 cases, $60. Released March 20, 2012. A selection from the finest blocks in the vineyard and the best barrels in the cellar. Clones 667, 115 and 777. 10% whole cluster. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Ripe dark berry and plum aromas explode from the glass accented by the slightest note of herbs and spice. An “Oh my God!” nose. Delicious essence of fresh black raspberries, black currants and dark plums, accented with Middle Eastern spices and cola. Amazing mid palate presence, soft tannins, and a finish that would make Hollywood proud. Crafted for early accessibility and not a long term ager. You will need a cold shower after drinking this one. Reviewed April 4, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Pali Wine Co. Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

15.4% alc., 175 cases, $44, screw cap. This vineyard was planted in 1979 by Ed Durell and his vineyard manager Steve Hill in the foothills of Sonoma Valley. The vineyard is now owned by Bill and Ellie Price but continues to be managed by Steve Hill and his son Ned. The 180 acres are planted primarily to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Clones 115, 667 and Pommard 5. Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromatic black fruits with hints of toast and smoke. Generous core of sweet dark fruits with a hint of tar and ash on the finish. Rich and ripe, held in tune with svelte tannins, and finishing with an intensely fruity snap. Decent. Reviewed July 15, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc.. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of macerated berries. Darker fruited with an underlying note of underbrush. Very smoothly texture with well proportioned richness. Coats the mouth and leaves a lasting impression. Very good. Reviewed April 8, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.60, 375 cases. Clones 115 and 777. Clones 115 and 777. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of fresh black raspberries, black cherries and vanilla. Delicious mid weight core of dark berry fruits with a hint of anise-infused oak. Silky, with mild tannins and bright acidity, finishing with good fruit intensity, leaving a touch of heat in its wake. Very good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Loring Wine Company Durrell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 425 cases, $46. · Earth-kissed dark stone fruits accentuated by oak, soy and herbs. Plentiful tannins are evident on the clean finish. Reviewed January 1, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Pali Wine Co. Durrell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 240 cases, $50, released November 2008. The vineyard was first planted in 1979 by Ed Durell and his vineyard manager Steve Hill. It is located in the southwestern foothills of Sonoma Valley. Today, the vineyard is owned by Bill and Ellie Price, but still managed by Steve Hill and his son Ned. Today the vineyard comprises 180 acres planted primarily to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Clones are 115, 667 and Pommard 5. · Scents of darker fruits with notes of oak char and cigar. Lush, chewy and potent fresh plum and blackberry fruit is front and center with an undertow of oak. The supple texture is appealing but this wine lacks nuance at present. Reviewed July 9, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Three Sticks Winery Durrell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.60, 375 cases, $55. The proprietor of Durell Vineyard selects the finest blocks from the 130 acres of Durell Vineyard he owns to produce this wine. Clones 115 and 777. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Alluring perfume of red fruits, grapes and roasted nuts. The discreetly concentrated sweet red berry core has an underpinning of earthiness and smoky oak. Soft and velvety on the palate, this charmer flaunts Pinot’s sensual side. A very Caliesque offering that will find many fans. Very good. Reviewed June 8, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Sand Hill Wines Durell Vineyard Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., $47. Durell Vineyard is a long time acclaimed producer of Chardonnay for Kistler Vineyards. Durell Vineyard II climate. The vineyard manager is Steve Hill and the winemaker is Don Van Staaveren. 100% de-stemmed, 80% whole berry fermentation, 5 day cold soak, manual punch downs, basket-pressed and gravity-fed into tight grain, medium-plus toast French oak barrels. Aged 14-16 months in barrel and 10-12 months in bottle. · Intense aromas of black cherries, savory herbs and oak. Well-oaked light cherry fruit on the palate with a vegetal edge. Smoothly textured with supple tannins. Tasted twice on different occasions. Reviewed May 7, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Saxon Brown Durell Vineyard Hayfield Block Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 99 cases, $48. Winemaking is traditional with a three day cold soak, slow fermentation, pressed to barrel after 14 days, racked off of the lees after malolactic fermentation, and returned back to the same barrels for 10 months of additional aging. · There is noticeable oak in the nose and on the finish upon opening, but with air time, the oak merges into the background. Aromas of spicy Bing cherry remind me of good Russian River Valley Pinots. This is a very tasty styled wine with plenty of sweet cherry liquor, tea and soy. The texture is soft as a down pillow. The whole package finishes with a cherry kiss. Reviewed February 26, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »