2018 Sojourn Cellars Chardonnay Durell Vineyard

Chardonnay - 750ML
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JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, May 2020

Brought up in 40% new French oak, the 2018 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard is another richer styled white with impressive white currant, sautéed apple, white flower, and spice aromas and flavors. Offering plenty of fruit...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2020

The 2018 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard offers slowly blooming scents of white peaches, baklava and loads of white flower aromas. The medium-bodied palate surprises, exploding into an array of concentrated, savory, honeyed...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, May 2020

Sleek and rich, featuring concentrated McIntosh apple, pear tart and honeydew melon flavors, with creamy nuances. Light buttery notes fill the lusciously spiced finish. Drink now through 2024. 450 cases made. — KM


Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Sonoma
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.3%
Closure Cork

Based in the town of Sonoma, Sojourn Cellars is a highly acclaimed winery specializing in the production of artisan Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast, Rodgers Creek, Sangiacomo, and Gaps Crown vineyards, and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III in the Rutherford subregion of the Napa Valley.

Founded by Craig and Ellen Haserot together with winemaker Erich Bradley, Sojourn Cellars reflects a heartfelt commitment to producing carefully handcrafted wines for individuals who appreciate sophistication without pretension. Launched in 2001 with 100 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sojourn remains today a boutique artisan producer, sold on allocation to their mailing list members and a select group of restaurants, retailers, and distribution partners.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the exquisite 2018 Sojourn Cellars Chardonnay Durell Vineyard. This remarkable white wine hails from the esteemed Sonoma appellation in the North Coast region of California, USA. Crafted by the skilled hands of Sojourn Cellars, this Chardonnay is a true testament to the artistry and passion of the winemakers.

Glistening in the glass with a radiant golden hue, this wine captivates the eye before even reaching the nose. The aromas that dance from the glass are nothing short of captivating. The bouquet is a symphony of concentrated McIntosh apple, pear tart, and honeydew melon flavors, all intricately layered with creamy nuances. As the wine swirls and evolves in the glass, light buttery notes fill the air, adding to the allure.

On the palate, the 2018 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard continues to astonish. Its medium to full body is impeccably balanced, showcasing the perfect harmony between fruit, acidity, and texture. White currant, sautéed apple, white flower, and spice flavors take center stage, weaving together in a delightful tapestry of flavors. The mouthfeel is rounded and velvety, caressing the palate with every sip.

Renowned wine critic Jeb Dunnuck was enamored by this wine, awarding it a stellar score of 93. He praised its richness, impressive aromatics, and its ability to age gracefully over the next 4-6 years. Wine Spectator also bestowed upon it a score of 92, commending its sleekness, concentrated flavors, and lusciously spiced finish. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate joined the chorus of praise, awarding it a score of 93 and describing it as an explosion of concentrated, savory, honeyed flavors with a bright freshness and a long, enticing finish.

With an alcohol percentage of 14.3%, this Chardonnay offers both elegance and depth, making it a perfect companion for a variety of culinary delights. Whether you choose to pair it with grilled seafood, creamy pasta dishes, or roasted poultry, this wine will elevate any dining experience to new heights.

In conclusion, the 2018 Sojourn Cellars Chardonnay Durell Vineyard is a true gem of the Sonoma appellation. Its impeccable craftsmanship, stunning aromatics, and enchanting flavors make it a must-have for any wine connoisseur. Indulge in a bottle of this extraordinary white wine, and allow yourself to be transported to the sun-kissed vineyards of California with every sip.