2013 Chardenet "Durell Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Elsewhere $55)

SKU #1281373 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a sublime, succulent and entirely rewarding white from the great vineyard site that is Durell. The vines used by this producer date back to 1994, 1995 and 2003. Richly defined, the wine is lengthy and complex in honeycomb, ginger and a powerful mix of acidity and texture, finishing in a bite of orange. (VB)  (10/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Butter, smoke, tropical fruit, apricot jam and spices meld together in the 2013 Chardonnay Durrell Vineyard. The creamy, open-knit finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal in this attractive, classic, California barrel-fermented Chardonnay. These are three very pretty wines from Jackson Family Estates's Chardenet label. (AG)  (1/2016)

K&L Notes

Chardenet hasn't been on our radar long but the wines have impressed us greatly with their amazing vineyard sources, intense flavors and traditional Chardonnay richness. The only reason we hadn't really used them was that the wines were pretty expensive and ran into some equally serious competition. So when our supplier came to us and offered us these amazing prices we jumped at the opportunity and grabbed all we could. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/13/2016 | Send Email
Hailing from one of the most sought-after Sonoma Coast vineyards, this Chardenet Durell vineyard has notes of baked apple, pear, caramel, tropical fruit in that luscious California Chardonnay style. Coming in at a fraction of the price that other Durell vineyard wines are going for, this wine is an easy buy for any fan of the style!
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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2016 | Send Email
Durell Vineyard has long been one of the best vineyards for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in California. Used by some of the best producers of those varietals in the state (Kistler, Patz & Hall, Chasseur, Williams-Selyem, just to name a few) you typically have to be able to shell out upwards of $50-$60 if you can even find one to begin with. Bigger in scope and size than its sister wine Coteau Blanc, and with the unmistakable class of this site, this is a layered, richly hued and full bodied wine full of aromas of butter baked apples and peaches. Airy and weightless on entry with a linear youthfulness this needs a touch of air to blossom. Lime, crushed stone, apricot flesh, well integrated oak and floral highlights combine in this powerful complex wine. Add in a wonderful textural mouthfeel and this is on par with some of the great Durell bottlings I’ve had over the years. The only difference is that this is less than half the price of most, and that can’t be beat.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2016 | Send Email
With this Chardonnay you get the best of Carneros, Sonoma Coast and Sonoma Valley as Durell Vineyard falls into all three areas. Full bodied and rich, this wine's vanilla and tropical fruit notes meld well together and finish with a lovely creamy texture. This is a solid wine to go with that stays true to the California Chardonnay style.

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- 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, Mâcon, 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.

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.


- 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).