Gail, Steve and Joe Dutton
In 1969, Warren Dutton planted the first Chardonnay field in far western Sonoma. Today, sons Steve and Joe Dutton, along with their mother Gail, carry on in Warren’s pioneering footsteps running what is now one of Sonoma County’s most successful vineyard operations. Recognized as one of the most important families in Sonoma County viticulture, the Duttons run a model, family-owned vineyard. Building on decades of experience, Steve and Joe are extremely hands on as they guide their remarkably skilled staff. In addition to their work in the vineyards, Steve is the co-founder of Dutton-Goldfield Winery, while Joe and Tracy Dutton have founded their own winery, Dutton Estate.
Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Dutton Ranch has long been considered one of the most highly regarded Sonoma County vineyards, and we have been crafting a Dutton Ranch bottling since 1998. To make this exceptional wine, we are able to choose from several acclaimed, old-vine blocks of Chardonnay, including the original block planted with the Rued selection by founder Warren Dutton in 1969. These coveted blocks are predominantly planted with California heirloom Chardonnay selections (Robert Young, Rued, Hyde-Wente, UC Davis Clone 4 and Spring Mountain). These selections offer extremely lifted, high-tone fruit flavors. In 2004, a section of Dutton Ranch known as Big John's was planted to several elite clones with Patz & Hall in mind.