TOR Kenward Durell Vineyard Cuvee Mimi Chardonnay 2018 - 750ml

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95pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Coming from the “Sand Hill” part of the Durell vineyard, looking down on the Sonoma Valley, the soil here is Goulding clay loam, mixed with diatomaceous earth. TOR favors the Wente clone plantings in this vineyard, which is a selection of plant material that sets a small crop with small berries. The result is a high skin-to-flesh ratio and intense flavors. The single new barrel cooper used is Saury. A barrel sample, the 2018 Tor Chardonnay Durell Vineyard delivers provocative lemonade, lime leaves, pink grapefruit and white peach notes with suggestions of pie crust, marzipan and oyster shells. Medium to full-bodied, the palate explodes with citrus and stone fruit layers, backed up with a racy line, finishing long with an enticing saline suggestion.  Barrel Sample: 93-95

95pts Wilfred Wong

The 2018 TOR Durrell Vineyard "Cuvée Mimi" Chardonnay packs outstanding depth and energy. This exceptional wine offers attractive aromas and flavors of ripe peach skin and oak. Enjoy its layers of nuances with lobster in a decadent cream sauce. (Tasted: February 20, 2020, Yountville, CA)

94pts Jeb Dunnuck

This site always yields wines with terrific aromatics, and the 2018 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard doesn’t disappoint, showing perfume notes of white peach, pineapple, sappy herbs, and spring flowers. These carry to a medium-bodied Chardonnay that has a light, ethereal style, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. This cuvée is all from the Wente clone and was fermented and aged in barrel.  Barrel Sample: 92-94

Winemaker Notes

The 2018 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay exhibits rich heavy cream, wet hay/grass and magnolia blossoms aromatically. The palate is completely seamless with medium to full weight, Meyer lemon, intently young early press EVOO and a seemingly endless finish