Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
This is a nicely made wine, its oak barrel-influence up front yet subdued. Caramel, lemon curd and graham cracker are complemented by mineral components of stone and sea air in addition to an impressive lift of tangerine. The quenching acidity doesn't prevent the texture from feeling lush but all is ultimately balanced and bright.
Powerful toasty and grainy accents fill this high-toned version, which features dried white fruit and tropical flavors, with toffee notes on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 4,279 cases made.
Aged 10 months in 40% new French oak, the 2017 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is a good value and has lots of ripe lemon, pineapple, and brioche characteristics in its medium to full-bodied, ripe, beautifully textured profile. It's a classic Russian River Chardonnay to drink over the coming 4-5 years or so.