Our Chardonnay, sourced from the famed Dutton Ranch's Mills Station Vineyard in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma is always a lovely blend of fresh ripe fruit and those deeper darker tones of rich cream and clove spice. It has also proved its ability to age, a classic measure of quality. Planted on the sought after airy Goldridge soils, the two clones that we bring in complement each other to a T with their diversity; one is a more fruit forward Dijon clone while the other, an unknown clone, planted in an unknown time which yields complex earthy characters from its low yield.
Honey, dried hay, and poached pear come together to create a very complex and interesting nose. Stewed apple and freshly rained-on gravel increase the autumnal associations with this wine. In the mouth this wine has a bright, clean entry with a zesty acidity leading through to notes of brioche and stone fruits, finally finishing with a hint of warmth that leads to a round, voluminous and clean finish.
The 2015 vintage was low yielding, early and complex. While it was another dry year; late winter rains fully recharged the soil profile giving the vines an excellent push come spring. This balance between fruit and canopy allowed for dappled sunlight and encouraged the development of complex flavors. We already expected a smaller vintage after three years of drought, then cool temperatures extended bloom resulting in even lighter crop loads. For Dutton Ranch this manifested in even smaller than usual clusters with an abundance of seedless hens and chicks grapes. Thankfully the upside of a smaller crop is the wonderful concentration of aromas and flavor. This is a fantastic vintage for our Russian River site demonstrating what makes Dutton Ranch so sought after and special to us.
APPELLATION Napa Valley
VINEYARD DESIGNATION. Dutton Ranch
ACID. 6.2 g/L
AGING. 10 months French Oak
BOTTLING DATE July 24, 2017
ALCOHOL % 14.2
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