2021 Kelley Fox Wines 'Durant Vineyard' Lark Block Chardonnay Dundee Hills, Oregon
The beautiful and historic Durant Vineyard was planted in 1973 by the Durant family, who continue to both live there and farm there. Durant Vineyard is on the southern slopes of the classic Dundee Hills neighboring Domaine Drouhin. Though the soil there is volcanic with silt, clay, and loam (“Jory”), the Lark Block, the source of Kelley Fox's Durant Chardonnay, is from a block of vines planted on a small parcel of unusual ancient marine soil in 1991. The Lark Block is planted to Dijon 76, known in Burgundy for producing nervy, finely-balanced, and elegant Chardonnay.
Ancient marine based soils
Farmed using organic and biodynamic methods.
The fruit was whole cluster pressed and fermented with native yeasts in a combination of concrete, amphora tanks and stainless steel then racked to neutral, French oak barrels for native, malolactic fermentation and elevage.
10 months in neutral, french oak barrels
- Country United States
- Region Oregon
- Appellation Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley
- Style White Wine
- Producer Kelley Fox
- Farming Practices Organic, Biodynamic
- Grapes Chardonnay
- Food Pairings Stinky Cheese, Roast White Meats, Fresh Seafood, Fried Food
- Characteristics West Coast, Flexes w/ Food, Dressed to Impress