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