Morgen Long Wine, 2018 Durant Vineyard Chardonnay
This wine is made up of a mix of Dijon clones (95 and 76) from this east facing slope just up the hill from The Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines. The non-irrigated vines are on rootstock in volcanic basalt soils and were planted in 2000. The rows in the Southside block sit around 425’ elevation and are fairly wide, as this 60-acre vineyard was originally established in 1973. It is farmed sustainably by Paul Durant.
Light, shimmering yellow. Intense, mineral- and lees-accented citrus and orchard fruit scents show excellent clarity and hints of honeysuckle and white flowers. Displays strong tension on the palate, offering juicy, smoke-accented pear and Meyer lemon flavors that show fine definition and mineral lift. The mineral quality carries strongly through the long, penetrating finish, which leaves behind repeating citrus fruit and floral notes. 22% new oak. 94pts