Diora La Splendeur du Soleil Chardonnay 2018 - 750ml
91 Points Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of smoked apple, red pear and chamomile show on the nose of this bottling. There’s a flashy sizzle of acidity on the palate, where pineapple, Asian pear, toast and white peach make for a rich, creamy expression.
Indulgence begins in the vineyard. Diora is twenty-five years in the making, beginning at Monterey's famed San Bernabe Vineyard and Santa Lucia Highlands. No effort has been spared: from the carefully chosen vineyard blocks matched to the most esteemed Pinot Noir clones, to the customized winery built in the vineyard. Winemaker James Ewart nurtures from winter to harvest the very vines he helped plant, then applies extravagant, small lot winemaking to bring forth a truly opulent wine. He qualifies only half the lots for the final blend.
Named for the golden hills of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range that frames our family-owned San Bernabe Vineyard in Monterey, Diora is inspired from “d’Or,” the French phrase meaning “golden” and bestowed on beautiful, sun-filled regions. No effort has been spared along Diora’s 30-year journey from vineyard-to-bottle. The result is an expressive wine overflowing with flavor, depth and personality and a devotion to indulgence.
This wine comes from the Limestone Ridge area in block 218 at our San Bernabe Vineyard. Within this block, there are three clones of Chardonnay: 1) # 4 (one of the more prevalent California clones giving the wine nice apple and tropical fruit notes). 2) Clone 95, a newer Dijon clone, adds a nice lime component and 3) Clone 76 provides some stone fruit to balance the flavors. The underlying limestone lens in this block produces wine with great minerality, giving nice texture which will age for many years. The Santa Lucia Highlands portion comes from our own vineyard at the northern end of the appellation. This particular vineyard is predominantly Clone 4, with some smaller amounts of Dijon clones.
This wine was aged in 100% French barrels, of which approximately 89 % were once used French oak barrels. The Damy Vosges long-toast barrels gives the wine some nice length with some slight char notes. The Cadus barrels gives the wine some nice vanilla sweetness and depth. A few Vicard barrels were also used for sweetness.
11 months 100% French Oak
TA: .55 g/l
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