Three Sticks "Durell Vineyard" Chardonnay 2011
(Sonoma County, California)
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About the Winery:
Three Sticks Wines is a boutique, family-owned winery founded by Bill Price (William S. Price III). Founded in 2002, the winery is named for Bill's surfing nickname, "Billy Three Sticks," which was assigned to him in his youth as a reference to the three Roman numerals that follow his name. As a long-time fan and collector of wines from the Durell Vineyard, Price purchased the property from Ed Durell in 1998, and launched Three Sticks a few years later. In 2004, Don Van Staaveren, the winemaker believed by many to be responsible for putting Chateau St. Jean, and Sonoma wines in general, in the critical limelight throughout the 1990s, joined the team.
Notes from the Winemaker:
2011: Following a wetter than normal winter, the 2011 vintage got off to a slow start with a cool, wet spring. Rain in early June interrupted â€œbloomâ€ and â€œfruit setâ€, and resulted in a very small crop. Summer was cool, with temperatures rarely rising above 90ËšF. A few days of mid-90Ëš temperatures helped ripening in mid-September, only to be followed by a big, cold rainstorm in early October. A smaller, warm storm passed through a week later. The typical Sonoma Valley Indian Summer finally arrived in late-October/early-November, which helped to finish the season. Despite the drama of this growing season, a small crop, long â€œhang-timeâ€ and meticulous winemaking produced outstanding quality wines for 2011.
This wine is rich and expressive with aromas of stone fruit, crÃ¨me brÃ»lÃ©e, baked apple and pear. More stone fruit, lemon and golden apple flavors fill out the full-bodied palate. The finish is long and lively, with the acid delicately balancing the texture and complexity.
Ratings & Reviews
Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Aged in 60% new French oak and made with a good dose of malolactic fermentation, this Chardonnay is dominated buttered toast and popcorn flavors. Itâ€™s an opulent style of Chardonnay, but obscures pleasant flavors of tropical fruit, pear and apricot." - SH (3/1/14)
Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Rich and full-bodied, yet elegantly styled, with ripe pear, melon and apple notes, showing a hint of fresh white flowers. Gains depth and length, ending with a touch of toasty oak. Drink now. 511 cases made" - JL (Web Only 2014)