Sand Hill Wines at Durell Vineyard

Owner(s) Eleanor Phipps Price
Web site www.sandhilldurell.com
 
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Sand Hill Wines produces a single Pinot Noir (500 cases) and a Chardonnay (300 cases) from the renowned Durell Vineyard in the Sonoma Valley appellation. Durell Vineyard was planted in 1979 by owner Ed Durell and vineyard manager Steve Hill. The current owners are Elanor Phipps Price and Bill Price.

The Durell Vineyard extends from the southern end of the Sonoma Valley into the western end of the cool Carneros region. Perhaps the most famous producer sourcing grapes from this vineyard is Kistler Vineyards.

Beginning with the 2008 vintage, the Sand Hill Wines label was replaced by the Dunstan label, which offers Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from a special block at the Durell Vineyard.

Reviewed Wines

2006 Sand Hill Wines Durell Vineyard Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., $47. Durell Vineyard is a long time acclaimed producer of Chardonnay for Kistler Vineyards. Durell Vineyard II climate. The vineyard manager is Steve Hill and the winemaker is Don Van Staaveren. 100% de-stemmed, 80% whole berry fermentation, 5 day cold soak, manual punch downs, basket-pressed and gravity-fed into tight grain, medium-plus toast French oak barrels. Aged 14-16 months in barrel and 10-12 months in bottle. · Intense aromas of black cherries, savory herbs and oak. Well-oaked light cherry fruit on the palate with a vegetal edge. Smoothly textured with supple tannins. Tasted twice on different occasions. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »