2010 Three Sticks “Durrel Vineyard” Chardonnay
$60 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
When you think of world-class chardonnays, Three Sticks is probably not a winery that comes to mind immediately. In fact, you may have never heard of it before. That’s because it’s a relatively new brand, launched in 2002, though the owner and the winemaker both have deep experience in the industry.
Proprietor Bill Price has a history of investing in very successful wineries including Chateau St. Jean, Kistler Vineyards, Kosta Browne and Gary Farrell. Winemaker Don Van Staaveren shares experience at Chateau St. Jean, capped by helping create that wineries1996 Cinq Cépages, Wine Spectator Magazine’s #1 wine in its vaunted “Top 100 List” for 1999.
Van Staavern’s experience in making wine from Durrel Vineyard goes back 25 years. No doubt that’s why his vintages from 2006 through 2009 all scored 93 points or more from Wine Spectator; the magazine also made James Laube’s list of “Top 30 California Chardonnay” producers in 2012.
Winery Tasting Notes:
“On the nose this wine is expansive and mouth watering. Intensely tropical, it shows creamy butterscotch and stone fruit plus a hint of wet stones. Lush on the palate and loaded with layers of complex fruit, this luxurious chardonnay has a full and vibrant finish.”
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