2012 Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay
Russian River Valley, California
Dutton-Goldfield Winery began in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them—to craft wines that express the personalities of their vineyards, and which they’d enjoy drinking at their own dinner tables. Dutton Ranch farms over eighty unique, separate vineyards located in the coolest areas of the Russian River Valley, primarily in the Green Valley appellation. Dan and Steve select their favorite Dutton Ranch vineyards to craft a wine reflecting their vision of classic Russian River Valley Chardonnay. The vineyards selected are based on a desire to offer wines with fruit intensity, richness and great acid structure, even after full barrel and malolactic fermentation. 3,343 cases produced. 90 points, Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
The long, friendly 2012 growing season enhanced the pear, tropical and stone fruit tones in this Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, framing the focused citrus and minerality that are always at the core of the wine. The citrus aromas lean toward Meyer lemon and tangerine this year, supported by pear/guava fruit elements and ginger/cream wood characters, inviting you in for a sip. Moderate alcohol and the signature juicy acidity of Green Valley facilitate the fresh, lingering citrus/ginger finish. This is a wine that evolves in the glass and will easily reward 5 years of cellar aging, but both will be a challenge with its immediate allure.
Enjoy Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay with seafoods and shellfish, pastas with cream sauces, roast chicken and pork roast.
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