2019 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay| MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
91
pts
Forbes.com

2019 Dutton Ranch

Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
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About this Wine

Sourced from two sites farmed by the Dutton Family, this complex Chardonnay is pale yellow in color with complex aromas of ripe pineapple, green melon and a touch of honeysuckle. Just 23 barrels made.

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91 Points

“Light yellow; aromas of guava, melon and saffron. Medium-full, this is quite rich on the palate and displays more intense wood notes and power than the Heintz Chardonnay. This is more in the style of many California Chardonnays from the 1980s and 1990s and needs to be paired with very rich seafood (lobster, swordfish) or meats such as roast veal. Enjoy over the next 3-5 years.”
Tom Hyland
Forbes.com, August 2021
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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.

Accolades
  • 91 Points: Tom Hyland Forbes.com - August 2021
  • “Light yellow; aromas of guava, melon and saffron. Medium-full, this is quite rich on the palate and displays more intense wood notes and power than the Heintz Chardonnay. This is more in the style of many California Chardonnays from the 1980s and 1990s and needs to be paired with very rich seafood (lobster, swordfish) or meats such as roast veal. Enjoy over the next 3-5 years.”

Winemaking

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 partially completed malolactic fermentation (approximately 75%) 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, 18% of which were new, and 27% one-year-old, prior to bottling on August 6, 2019.

Vintage
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.
Vineyard

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.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Chardonnay

  • alcohol: 14.4%
  • cases made:

    488 Cases

  • bottling date: 11/04/2020
  • aging:

    Aged in French oak barrels, 25% new / 20% one-year-old

  • fermentation:

    Whole cluster pressed then racked to French oak for fermentation and partial malolactic (75%).

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