The 2015 Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir deftly combines delicate fruit and subtle earthiness that we love from our home site. Much of our admiration comes from the diversity this vineyard offers. We harvest some of the earliest Pinot Noir from here, as well as our later ripening fruit. Most of the variation is credited to unique microclimates that run rich through the hills and valleys of Durell. These nooks of warmer and cooler pockets are expressed in earthy spice and bright fruit that make the site so fascinating. The wine sings with notes of cinnamon sticks, pine needles, and aromas of strawberry compote and sarsaparilla. This Pinot Noir, is a perfect representation of what Durell offers!
Release August 15th, 2017Price: $70
Three Clones from different blocks makeup this estate wine:
Clone 667: The steep slop falls mainly east, on the terraces of Durell. The rows run down-hill from west to east, capturing the afternoon sun evenly over the vines often yielding the ripest fruit in our blend. Strong vines thrive on varied soil but maintain decent size and canopy. Structure, texture and dark fruit are the characteristics contributed by this block.
Clone 115: Located on terraced rows that run north-south. The exposure is east and the block is the first to see the morning sun, missing sunset. It’s warmer than the other two blocks, as well as being the last place fog burns off in the entire valley. The soil is heavier here; it’s rocky and shallow. This is the true intersection of warmer valley floor influences and cooler coast characteristics. This block contributes raciness and spice to our Durell Pinot.
Clone 777: Selected for the soil, light soil with red volcanic deposits, this block falls on the western side of Durell. It’s a cool, windy spot where air pools and winds are channeled down the small sub-valley of Durell. Small, controlled vines provide strength and structure to our Durell Pinot.
The 2015 vintage proceeded with dry weather, extending our drought for its fourth year. High temperatures started the year, causing early flowering mirroring the previous growing season. In spring the climate changed dramatically, heavy winds and cool spells hit. The effect of this caused fruit set to be extremely variable and by July we were ready for harvest. We picked earlier than ever and brought in grapes by August. Overall, the effect of early budbreak and weather was our yields were down 25%. While this isn’t great for the amount of wide we can produce, what was left turned out to be fantastic. Small, concentrated berries allowed us to create richly flavored and textured wines. Like many things in life, the 2015 vintage demonstrated the beauty of the adage “less is more”.
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: 115, 667, 777
Soil: Cobbley Clay Loam, Volcanic, Rocky Loam
Fermentation: Open Top Fermenters
Whole Cluster: 25%
Barrel Aging: 15 months
Barrel Composition: 100% French Oak, 60% New
Total Acidity (TA): 6.0 g/L
Alcohol Content: 14.4%
Production: 178 Cases
Release Date: August 15th, 2017