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June 2017

  • CHARDONNAY

    2016 Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay

    91 points, Wine Spectator
    “ Effusively fruity, with tangerine, nectarine, green pineapple and mango flavors. Offers a light touch of spicy oak and a long, mouthwatering aftertaste. Drink now through 2020.” —Jim Laube, June 2018

    90+ Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2016 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard opens with cedar-laced ripe apples and poached pears notes with hints of peach blossoms and toasted almonds. It fills the medium to full-bodied mouth with spiced apple flavors and features a refreshing line and toasty finish. 234 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay

    93 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Shy in its voluptuousness at first, this wine is taut in lemon and hazelnut goodness, with soft subtle oak in support of the fruit. A persistent streak of grapefruit intensity adds further freshness and vibrancy to the core of overall complexity and smooth, rounded richness.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

    93 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Salty oak and brine mark the opening of this full-bodied white, which offers a sinewy texture of lingering Asian spice. Lemon meringue and apple contribute fruit-forward flavor around an herbal note and plenty of toasted oak.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2014 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Light in color and nuanced in oak, this full-bodied beauty doesn’t hold back on richness, allowing plenty of room for an expanse of salted caramel, pineapple and preserved lemon. Layered and robust throughout the midpalate, it lightens up on the intensity through a crisp finish.” —Virginie Boone, November 2016

    93 Points, Wine Review Online
    “Score another fine Chardonnay from Steve MacRostie and winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen. Pear, peach, melon, apple and a touch of vanilla spice ride lively acidity that balances the malolactic texture nicely, keeping the wine fresh and inviting well into the glass. Beautifully stylized!” –Rich Cook, July 12, 2016

    90 Points, PinotFile
    “Sourced from three blocks that are foggy with Goldridge soils. Braughton on Vine Hill Road, Hansen Hill at Dutton Ranch in Graton, and Jewell Ranch also located in Graton. Whole cluster pressed, racked into French oak barrels for primary and malolactic fermentation, and aged 10 months on lees with occasional stirring. 35% of barrels were new. Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Aromas of lemon pie, peach, brioche, and kelp lead to predominantly salted apple, pear, pineapple and spice flavors in a sleekly styled wine with bright acidity.” —Rusty Gaffney MD, June 18, 2016

  • PINOT NOIR

    2015 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast, July 2018

    92+ Points, Wine Advocate
    “Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Klopp Ranch is just a tad reduced on the nose, giving way to a core of black berries and mulberries with touches of baking spices and violets. The palate is medium to full-bodied with mouth-filling black fruit flavors and savory layers, finishing long and chewy. 110 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2013 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

    94 Points, Wine Review Online
    “MacRostie chardonnays have always been among California’s finest. That’s a given. But when you combine the MacRostie skill with this grape variety and one of California’s legendary grape growers, it stands to reason the result will be magic in the glass. The 2013 MacRostie Dutton Ranch Chardonnay is an outcome that was oh-so-predictable. This vintage exhibits an oily texture with notes of lemon curd and pear, notes of baking spice and lively acidity to take the edge off the richness. Beautifully done.” —Robert Whitley, December 15, 2015

    92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    “This is a hearty wine from a famous place, farmed by esteemed, long-time growers. Apple and pear skin show up first, with a baked quality to the fruit that never gets jammy. The wine stays light and bright despite its full-bod ied nature. Toasty lemon and fig compote finishes things off.” —Virginie Boone, May 2016

    92 Points, Wine Review Online
    “I like the MacRostie style in Chardonnay. It’s not over-oaked or overripe, so the tropical fruit aromas and flavors can speak clearly. Racy, cool climate acidity drives the dry mango and passion fruit flavors forward, and the oak spice and citrus are nicely placed in the background. A long, lip-smacking finish requires a second sip. And a third. Grilled halibut seems like a natural with this one.” —Rich Cook, December 22, 2015

    91 Points, PinotFile
    “Moderately light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. A nose with intent, offering scents of lemon oil, white peach, vanilla pod, crème brûlée and a fleeting floral note. Beautifully balanced with juicy flavors of lemon-lime and honey augmented with a deft touch of toasty oak. Highly enjoyable, with a pleasing cut of lemon-driven acidity on the uplifting finish.” —Rusty Gaffney, January 17, 2016

    90 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2013 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch, which comes from this iconic site in the heart of the Russian River, shows loads of lemon butter, tangerine oil, quince, a light-straw color with a greenish hue, medium to full body, great acidity and judicious and discrete use of toasty oak. This medium to full-bodied, pleasant Chardonnay should drink well for 3-4 years.”
    —Robert Parker, March 4, 2016

    92 Points, The Tasting Panel
    Bright and crisp with juicy fruit and good depth; silky, bright and balanced, long and fresh. —Anthony Dias Blue

  • PINOT NOIR

    2014 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Spectator
    “Deceptively complex and nuanced, featuring touches of ripe cherry, raspberry and cranberry, with subtle notes of dusty, loamy earth and savory herb. Maintains focus on the persistent aftertaste. Drink now through 2023.” —Jim Laube, Sept. 30, 2017

    93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    Bold and ripe, this wine traffics in earthy wild raspberry, strawberry, mushroom and nutmeg. Ethereal despite its weight and breadth, it’s made in a classic style and is deliciously varietal, a showcase of a great site in a great vintage. —Virginie Boone, Feb. 1, 2018

    91 Points, JamesSuckling.com
    Dried berry and lemon rind aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, lots of sweet and sour fruit character and a medium finish. Fresh and easy. Screw cap. Drink now. —James Suckling, May 23, 2017

  • PINOT NOIR

    2013 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

    92 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Mighty Klopp fruit is hard to get, and the tiny production of this wine reflects the coveted nature of these grapes. Justice is done; this beauty shows funky, soft and floral characteristics that persist on the palate, along a streak of black cherry and chocolate.”
    —Virginie Boone, October 2016