2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
The long, cool 2012 growing season allowed us to achieve perfect ripeness, and to pick exactly when we wished. This, combined with superb viticulture on the part of the Duttons, has produced one of the most successful Chardonnays in our history with Dutton Ranch. The aromas showcase high-toned tropical and Muscat-like notes alongside lovely layers of white flower and citrus peel. On the palate, the texture is plush and mouthfilling, with flavors that echo the aromas. French oak-inspired notes of hazelnut, graham cracker and spicy clove, as well as a hint of campfire smoke, add sophistication to the mid-palate. From start to finish, this is a complex and impeccably balanced wine that concludes with lingering ripe fruit.
Retail Price: $42.00
- 92+ Points | “Oodles of tropical fruit such as pineapple guava and mango are followed by notes of honeyed tangerine and citrus oil. It is deep, rich, full-bodied, and very complex already. This should drink nicely for 5-6 years.” - Robert Parker
- 91+ Points | “Good bright yellow. Hazelnut, flowers and a whiff of truffle on the nose. Silky and creamy in the mouth, with citrus oil and tropical fruit flavors nicely framed by lime peel. Sexy, persistent chardonnay.” - Stephen Tanzer
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