Tor Wines "Durell Vineyard" Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 2016
95 Points Wine Advocate
Tor’s block of the Durell vineyard is on the 'Sand Hill' section of the vineyard, looking down on the Sonoma Valley. The soil is Goulding clay loam, mixed with diatomaceous earth, and millions of years ago, it formed a sand bar reaching into the prehistoric lake that covered the town of Sonoma. Tor favors the Wente clone 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 great concentration of varietal character. The single new barrel cooper used is Saury. The 2016 Tor Chardonnay Durell Vineyard is closed on the nose, giving lemon peel, grapefruit, slate, white peaches and baking bread aromas. Full-bodied, it's rich, satiny and spicy in the mouth with a long, savory finish.