Overview of the Wine
Our wines are sourced from some of the finest vineyards in the Russian River Valley, the majority of which comes from the award-winning Dutton Ranch (2017 Vineyard of the Year), owned by DG Partner/Grower, Steve Dutton. Dutton Ranch is comprised of over eighty separate small vineyards, each with its own characteristics. Along with the fruit from Dutton Ranch, we also source Pinot Noir and Riesling from some spectacular single vineyard sites in Marin County, Sonoma Coast, and Anderson Valley. Learn more about our vineyards here. Steve and Dan are constantly searching for new vineyards where everything comes together perfectly.
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.
Grape / Blend
Russian River Valley, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The late start and long cool season in 2019 let us hang our chardonnay vineyards well into the season—we picked the first of our fruit for this wine on September 21, and continued through October 15. The resulting wine has beautiful ripeness and balance. The nose smells rich and inviting, with notes of lemon oil, almond brioche, and a tropical mélange of lychee, pineapple, and kiwi surrounding the core of tangerine and zesty Eureka lemon. This decadence is continued in the mouth, which is creamy with honeyed citrus and pear, along with exotic guava and hazelnut, but always with the fresh lemon/lime center keeping it lively. A little crushed oyster shell minerality adds an invigorating edge to the fruit, and makes you ponder shellfish matches for the wine.
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
This wine is made from several outstanding sites, including Sullivan and Walker Hill. Tightly structured, it shows a hint of butterscotch and oak before the acidity shines through to further emphasize a brightness of Meyer lemon, oyster shell and pear.
Product size: 750ml