Brilliant garnet in color, the nose reveals classic Durell notes of light spice and blackberry tart. Coffee grounds, pine and clove add to its complexity. On the palate, a unique fusion of rhubarb and tart black cherry flavors create a succulent finish, while maintaining Durell’s signature spice and smooth, unctuous mouthfeel.
This block of Durell comes from 100% 667 Dijon clone, perched on the top of the north section of the vineyard in very volcanic soils. These were the first grapes to be harvested this vintage, being picked on August 31. The grapes were destemmed and underwent a five-day cold-soak prior to fermentation. The wine was then racked into French oak barrels, (33% new) and bottled unfiltered 15 months later in December 2014.
"Lutum's 2013 Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard offers lots of sous bois, mushroom and damp earth characteristics to go with an impressive amount of sweet currant and cherry-like Pinot Noir fruit that continues to come more and more to the forefront with time in the glass. Beautifully textured, seamless and pure, it's medium to full-bodied, has no hard edges and terrific intensity and length. It should benefit from short-term cellaring and have 10-12 years of overall longevity."– Robert Parker of Wine Advocate, 93pts
"The partnership between vintner Bill Price and winemaker Gavin Chanin, Lutum continues to impress, aiming for elegance without giving up flavor or body. Tightly wound, a signature perhaps of the vintage, this wine is still subtle, suggesting rhubarb and cherry atop forest floor. Smooth, it hides elusive power on the significant finish." – Wine Enthusiast, 90pts.
100% Pinot Noir
15 Months French oak (33% new)