Steve Dutton farms over eighty unique, separate vineyards located in the coolest areas of the Russian River Valley, primarily in the Green Valley appellation at Dutton Ranch. Together with winemaker Dan Goldfield, the two have been an unrivaled force in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, creating a reputation of the region’s best known winery along with the sparkling house, Iron Horse. Five of Dutton Ranch’s eighty vineyards each year are used to make the duo’s Russian River Valley Chardonnay– a wine that has helped propel them to great heights over the years.
Dutton-Goldfield’s Dutton Ranch Chardonnay emphasizes the bright crystalline citrus flavors and tropical overtones that reflect the pair’s vision of classic Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Most vineyards are below the fog line and the average vine age is 35 years. That helps make rich, deep and complex Chardonnays in the cool climate style.
The 2018 is a total winner. A lively, energetic old-world style Chardonnay with fresh citrus and stone fruits, a touch of salinity and piercing minerality. Flavors of green apple, mango, apricot and lemon are accented by toasted hazelnuts and toffee. The acidity, the fleshy fruit, the buttery creaminess of the mid-palate… this is a beauty.
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93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
This is a 100% barrel-fermented wine from such stellar sites as Mill Station, Sullivan and Walker Hill. Lively, fresh and focused, it has great acidity and tension, a pleasing energy and minerality that boosts lovely flavors of green apple, Meyer lemon and mango, finishing with balanced richness.