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2019 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay
Varietal
Chardonnay

Vintage
2019
Dutton Ranch

Appellation
Russian River Valley

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SKU: MR19DUTCHA750FG
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This Chardonnay has a vibrant aromatic profile of apricot, jasmine and ripe green melon. After a few swirls of the glass the wine opens up with just a touch of caramel from the influence of aging in French oak.

  • Tasting Notes
    This Chardonnay has a vibrant aromatic profile of apricot, jasmine and ripe green melon. After a few swirls of the glass the wine opens up with just a touch of caramel from the influence of aging in French oak. On the palate, it displays a lovely underlying richness, with luxurious notes of pie crust and lemon curd mingling with the stone fruit and melon flavors as it draws to a long, lush finish.
  • Wine Origin
    For this wine, we selected grapes from two specific sites that exquisitely show the Russian River Valley Chardonnay traits we love. Both sites 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 grapes used to craft this wine were sourced from two vineyard sites: the Braughton Vineyard located on Vine Hill Road in Sebastopol, and the Dutton Ranch Shop Vineyard. The fruit at Braughton was harvested on September 13th, 2019, with the grapes from the Shop Vineyard picked on October 17th, 2019. These dramatically different picking dates create complexity and balance in the final wine. This highly intentional approach to picking and blending is a technique that Winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen loves to implement when creating wines.
  • Production Notes
    In 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 completed malolactic fermentation 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, 25% of which were new, and 20% one-year-old, prior to bottling on November 4th, 2020.
  • Winemaker Notes
    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.