2015 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

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Tasting Notes

Since Dutton Ranch prunes their chardonnay vineyards first, they start their growing season early and were thankfully already a ways into set when the spring rains hit, so didn’t see as dramatic an impact to yields as our other vineyards did this vintage. Even so, the crop was down a bit from the previous few vintages, giving the 2015 wines great intensity. At the same time, there’s a particular focus to our whites this year that we love about our neighborhood. Our 2015 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay shows this liveliness right away in the nose, leading with zesty lime, Meyer lemon and tangerine, backed by more sultry notes of lemon oil and roasted nuts. The mouth is fresh with citrus, yet has a luscious creaminess at the same time. The initial lemon/lime hit is followed by rounder flavors of pear and green apple, along with a touch of apricot. The finish is brisk and refreshing, with a dash of toasty chestnut. The delicious chardonnay’s bright/rich combination make it the perfect match or counterpoint to a wide range of foods, with shellfish in a cream sauce the ultimate echo of the wine’s qualities.

Winemaker's Notes

The individual lots are barrel fermented using a combination of indigenous and inoculated yeast strains. They undergo malolactic full fermentation, and the lees are stirred twice monthly through the winter. The blend is assembled, with the primary lees, in early spring, and continues to age in French oak barrels through the summer. We at Dutton-Goldfield choose our barrels to emphasize the fruit and vineyard characteristics of the wine, rather than showcasing the oak itself. We love the ginger/nutmeg overtones of Seguin Moreau, and the buttercream components of Fouquet barrels to compliment the citrus focus of this wine. The wine is bottled in early Fall after approximately ten months in barrel.

Awards & Accolades

94 Wine Review Online - Robert Whitely

92 Wine & Spirits

91 Planet Grape

90 Wine Enthusiast View Article

5 Stars Restaurant Wine

Wine of the Week - The Press Democrat View Article

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2015 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

Technical Data

Alcohol: 13.8%
TA: 6.6 gm/Lit.
pH: 3.43
Winemaking: 100% barrel fermentation, 100% malolactic fermentation, lees stirred twice monthly
Barrel Aging: Aged 10 months in French oak barrels (40% new barrels)

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