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The Stone Côte Vineyard is a small block within the renowned Durell Vineyard, which sits upon an ancient riverbed at the southern end of the Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyard’s topography was shaped eons ago by a river flowing through volcanic and sedimentary rock on its way to the San Pablo Bay. Tumbled and water-worn river rocks now litter the landscape and very little topsoil remains. The nutritionally challenged soils force the vines to search deeply for nutrients and water and as a result, the stressed vines yield very small clusters with intense varietal flavors. Climatically, this vineyard site is characterized by relatively cool daytime temperatures and maritime breezes, which marry with the low-fertility soils to create an ideal site for growing Chardonnay. The wine’s flinty aromas and mineral-laden finish are a reflection of Durrell’s intrinsic terroir. This single-vineyard bottling from one of our most well-known estate vineyards offers aromas of white peach, spiced pears, orange blossom, hazelnuts and crushed rocks. Stone fruit, nectarine and tangelo flavors are counter balanced with a flinty, textural finish. Chardonnay pairs well with poultry dishes, pork dishes, shellfish, and soft cheeses.