"Dutton Ranch" Russian River Valley
Rich, buttery, tropical fruit, orchard fruit, toasty oak style of Chardonnay. Just don’t see as many Chardonnays done in this style, and this well, for a reasonable price. Get baked apples, pineapple, browned butter, roast hazelnuts and salted caramel. Delicious with lobster, crab and prawns with drawn butter.
From October 20, 2016 newsletter:
Steve Dutton handles the vineyard (Dutton Ranch is comprised of over 80 small vineyards, mostly in Russian River Valley). Dan Goldfield makes the wines. They started Dutton Goldfield in 1998 and, to this day, make solid Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and more. We tasted their 2014 "Dutton Ranch" Chardonnay this week and found it particularly delicious. Check it out.
THE FACTS: Over 30 year old vines, on average. 100% Malolactic, 100% Barrel Ferment, then aged 10 months in 40% New French Oak. Lees stirred twice a month for more flavor and texture. Based on the facts, you will assume a rich, buttery, strong Chardonnay. You assume correctly. And with all good wines, there is great character of the fruit and a bright acidity to support its richness.
TASTING NOTES: Buttered wheat toast, lemon custard, fresh pineapple, Granny Smith apple sauce, creme brulee, roast hazelnuts, salted caramel. All these tastes and flavors harmonize. You just don't see as many Chardonnays done in this style, and this well, for such a reasonable price. Delicious with lobster, crab and prawns with drawn butter. And lest I forget...I recommend, and will drink, this with Thanksgiving turkey and all the classic fixins'.