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2021 Dutton Ranch

Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
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About this Wine

Sourced from two sites farmed by the Dutton Family, this Chardonnay draws you in with cozy aromas of yellow apple and tropical stone fruit, as well as a touch of Mandarin orange zest that fills the glass.

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93 Points

“Generous, appley and fresh, this medium-bodied wine offers clean, appetizing fruit flavors, light dashes of butter and vanilla, and a smooth, rounded texture. It should please butter lovers as well as balance seekers.”
Jim Gordon
Wine Enthusiast, November 2023
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Tasting Notes

This Chardonnay draws you in with cozy aromas of yellow apple and tropical stone fruit, as well as a touch of Mandarin orange zest that fills the glass. On the palate, it displays a lovely underlying richness, with luxurious notes of pie crust and zippy kumquat marmalade to create a wonderful balance of weight, length, and freshness.

Accolades
  • 93 Points: Jim Gordon Wine Enthusiast - November 2023
  • “Generous, appley and fresh, this medium-bodied wine offers clean, appetizing fruit flavors, light dashes of butter and vanilla, and a smooth, rounded texture. It should please butter lovers as well as balance seekers.”

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 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, 22% of which were new, and 22% one-year-old, prior to bottling on July 17, 2022.

Vintage
The 2021 vintage delivered a moderate and consistent growing season for most of Sonoma County, leading to a smooth, easily manageable harvest. While the continuation of drought conditions led to slightly reduced yields, the overall quality and concentration of the grapes was exceptional. For this wine, we selected grapes from two different Dutton vineyard properties. Both of these 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; the Dutton Ranch Shop Block and Jewell vineyards. The fruit was harvest September 13 and 21, respectively.
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: 13.9%
  • cases made:

    404 Cases

  • bottling date: 07/17/2022
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 22% new / 22% one-year-old

  • fermentation:

    Whole cluster pressed then racked to French oak for fermentation and partial malolactic.

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