2011 Loring "Durell Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Previously $44)

SKU #1125217 90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Those who lavish praise on Sonoma Coast Chardonnay for its nuance and high acid might turn away in horror here, for this wine is anything but sleek and subtle and goes for richness and ripe fruit without abandon. It is very full-bodied, and stops right at the brink of being too much, but we find its lavishly oaked fruit to be wholly compelling and recommend it to all for whom 'too much' does not exist.  (1/ 2013)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tension and energy serve to balance layers of overt, expressive varietal notes in the 2011 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard. Nectarines, honeysuckle, flowers, spices and crushed rocks wrap around the precise, delineated finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2015.  (8/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 Rich and rangy, laden with toasty oak and vanilla, this comes across as fat and buttery, with roasted marshmallow, fig and tangerine notes. Ends with surprising grace. Drink now. 225 cases made.  (5/ 2013)

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/26/2013  | Send Email
Love Rombauer? You MUST try Loring's Durell Chardonnay! This puppy is all creme brulee, sweet, buttery richness with medium acidity. Winemaker Brian Loring is vocally unapologetic about his love of big, fat, huge Chardonnay and this wine does not disappoint!

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mācon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).