2017 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

Dutton Ranch

Russian River Valley

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SKU: 09408.17
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The Dutton family has been growing grapes in the Russian River Valley for generations. Sourced from some of their most highly prized winegrowing sites, this wine displays tantalizing aromas of peach and cinnamon that segue to a soft and rich entry. Juicy tropical flavors dance on the palate, where they are enlivened by a beam of elegant, natural acidity that makes for a long, refreshing finish.

  • Tasting Notes
    With a pale gold color and subtle yet complex aromas of peach and cinnamon this wine shows the exquisite nature of Dutton Ranch Chardonnay. The soft and rich entry underscores the juicy tropical flavors, with a beam of elegant natural acidity adding to a long, refreshing finish.
  • Accolades
    94 Points, Year’s Best Chardonnays: Exciting, distinctive; a wine that transcends simple typicity to its region or variety; a vivid, singular expression of place - “This wine blends fruit farmed by the Dutton family at four parcels growing on Goldridge soils and cooled by the Pacific fog. Heidi Bridenhagen harvests and ferments the parcels separately, blending them into a chardonnay driven by the clarity of its fruit. It buzzes with honeyed freshness, the wine’s supple density saturated with scents of yellow apples and pineapple, the richness relieved by a lemony brightness in the end. This will satisfy people who love archetypal California chardonnay, as well as those who prefer fresh, coastal whites.” - Josh Greene, October 2019, Wine & Spirits
  • Wine Origin
    The Dutton family has been growing grapes in Sonoma County—specifically the Russian River Valley—for generations. Their fruit is highly prized, as their knowledge of the land and meticulous farming have resulted in exceptional consistency and quality over the years. The grapes for this Chardonnay came exclusively from vineyards farmed by the Dutton family in the heart of the Russian River Valley, where the marine influence produces an intense fog layer that regularly covers the region during the growing season, creating a perfect microclimate for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
  • Production Notes
    or this wine, we selected grapes from three specific sites that exquisitely show the Russian River Valley Chardonnay traits we love. All three benefit from clockwork fog that often lasts until late in the day, as well as the fertile Goldridge soils that make the Russian River Valley famous. These ancient seabed soils grow lush and healthy vines and canopies, which when pruned to achieve a balanced crop load, excel in the cool climate. The three vineyard sites used to create this wine are the Shop Block, which is located at the Dutton Ranch in Graton, Jewel Ranch its close neighbor just over the hill, and the slightly warmer Braughton Vineyard located further east on Vine Hill Road. The fruit was harvested on September 4th at Braughton and September 27th for Jewel and Shop.
  • Winemaker Notes
    n order to maximize quality, all grapes went direct to press as whole clusters. After pressing and settling, the juice was racked into French oak barrels for fermentation. This wine partially completed malolactic fermentation (approximately 50%) and was aged in barrel for 10 months on the lees, with occasional stirring to increase richness and body. It was aged in French oak barrels, 17% of which were new, and 21% one-year-old, prior to bottling on August 10th, 2018.