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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

    2016 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

    92 Points, Wine Advocate

    93 Points, Wine Review Online
    “Very fresh Chardonnay, with rich apple, softly spiced pear and zesty lemon brightness in both aroma and flavor, finishing very bright and long. Thanks to Goldridge soils and the coolness of the Green Valley area, bright acid gives great finish push and leaves you with a clean, refreshed impression.” —Rich Cook, December 4, 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

    2016 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Silky in delicate layers of strawberry and light spice, this wine builds power and concentration as it opens in the glass, becoming darker and more brooding in fruit. Baking-spice and black-tea components give it a savory edge that works well in the larger context.” —Virginie Boone, February 2019

  • 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

  • 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