Lot #61 SOJOURN CELLARS

SUITCASE CHARDONNAY

Chardonnay
  • Durell Vineyard 50%, Reuling Vineyard 50%
  • Sonoma Coast

2021
5 CASES

ABOUT THE WINE:

Only for the Sonoma County Barrel Auction would Sojourn Cellars combine two iconic vineyards and two heritage clones into a once-in-a-lifetime blend! This historical barrel auction lot was created from the Old Wente clone grown in the Durell Vineyard and the Reuling clone from the Reuling Vineyard. The pairing of these two clones is a match made in heaven. Each vineyard produces outstanding and distinctive Chardonnay on its own, but for this rare opportunity they have been combined to make a wine that showcases the best each has to offer.

Reuling Vineyard, developed by Mark Aubert and Peter Michael Winery, consists of a mere 2.2 acres of Chardonnay planted to budwood that originated as a suitcase clone from Montrachet vineyard in the Côte de Beaune. Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate dubbed it “The Reuling Clone.” The term “suitcase clone” was coined around 1964. Allegedly, several winegrowers and winemakers traveled to France and brought vine cuttings from legendary vineyards back into the United States, primarily in California and Oregon. Since the cuttings were often wrapped in wet newspaper and put inside a suitcase, they became known as “suitcase clones.” Durell Vineyard was planted in 1977 by Ed Durell and farmed by legendary vineyard manager Steve Hill for over 30 years. The Price family purchased Durell vineyard in 1997 and currently it is meticulously managed by Director of Vineyard Operations Rob Harris.

Each individual block from each vineyard was hand picked at night and immediately pressed whole-cluster to retain freshness. The juice from each block was then fermented separately in premium French oak barrels, 40% new. Malolactic fermentation was stopped at 50% completion for the Durell lots and allowed to go through 80% for the Reuling lots. Durell Vineyard contributes the backbone of flavors and acidity and Reuling Vineyard provides savory nuances and rich texture. The wine opens with vivacious notes of ripe apricots and warm baked apples with hints of toasted almonds and nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals a pleasant creaminess to the texture with stone fruit and citrus flavors, finishing long and refreshing with beautiful balance.

WINEMAKER(S): Erich Bradley, Randy Bennett

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: August 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: November 2022

National Distribution: AL, AZ, CA, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, LA, MS, MO, NV, NH, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, WA, WI

International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.