2011 Dutton-Goldfield Chardonnay Dutton Ranch, Rued Vineyard
Russian River, Sonoma, California
 
WB Rating: 91

 
Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Price at time of purchase: $50.00 (from winery)
 
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

I've tried both the 2011 Walker Hill and Rued Chardonnays from Dutton-Goldfield over the past week or so, and am really hard pressed to pick a favorite. Like the Walker Hill, the Rued is impeccably balanced, yet rich and satisfying. Both are vibrantly alive and interesting to drink. Perhaps the Rued has a bit more of that sweet white flower essence; the Walker perhaps a smidge more fruit and minerality. They are both superb and drinking beautifully. - HK 2015-02-18

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