To anyone familiar with Sonoma County wines, the name Dutton Ranch needs no introduction. These premier growers are renowned for their viticultural practices. Our Chardonnay is sourced from Russian River Valley vines that are planted in coveted Goldridge soil. In our quest to produce an understated Chardonnay we picked our fruit early. The fruit was whole-cluster pressed to preserve maximum quality and we chose not to allow malolactic fermentation.
The resulting wine is infused with citrus aromas and rich meringue flavors. While crisp and clean, it is incredibly rich on the palate. The longer the wine is open, the more infectious its appeal in aroma and flavor.
Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2016
An unusually heady, floral exploration of the variety, this is intense in oak and youthfully coy. Crisp, it has an intriguing undercurrent of graham cracker and toast that invites amongst the baked apple and tree-ripened pear, finishing with length and complexity.
- 100% Chardonnay from the Dutton Hill Vineyard
- Dutton Ranch Bottled unfiltered and unfined June 26th, 2015
- Barrel fermented and aged in once-used Taransaud barrels sur lie for 10 months
- Alcohol: 14.5 %
- TA: 0.67 g/100ml
- pH: 3.51
Consulting Winemaker and Viticulturalist: Kirk Venge
Proprietors: The Janzen Family
Total Production: 122 cases
Release Date: Fall 2016
Click here to download the 2014 Lucie Dutton Ranch Chardonnay tasting notes.