2008 Dutton-Goldfield Chardonnay Dutton Ranch, Rued Vineyard
Green Valley of Russian River AVA, Sonoma
 
WB Rating: 89

 
Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Price at time of purchase: $45.00 (from winery)
 
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

This excellent Chardonnay is lighter and leaner than the 2009. From a cool-climate old-vine vineyard west of Graton, the wine displays ripe, round fruit flavors wrapped in a crisp, pure structure - considerably sleeker than the heavier, oilier, oakier 2007. Seductive, perfumed nose shows butter, orange citrus, tropical fruits, and floral nuances; rich flavors lean toward the tropical side with vanilla/caramel notes and refreshing acid balance. Perfect touch of spicy oak. - HK 2010-10-30

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