Dutton-Goldfield Chardonnay Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch/Rued Vineyard 2010
#25 of Wine Enthusiast Top 100 2012 "The cold and fog actually helped this Chardonnay, which achieves a remarkable delicacy and tartness despite the power of its fruit. Really remarkable for the flood of golden mango, Asian pear and Key lime pie richness, which is grounded by a firm minerality. Oak influence and aging on the lees lend the perfect touches of smoky, buttered toast and zesty creaminess to this dry, polished wine...97" WE 9/12
Classic Russian River Chard, tasting of soft lemon/key lime pie. Not overly tart but not buttery and definitely some oak but not too much. Nice acidity and a fairly long finish that coats the tongue. This touches all the bases but doesn't go overboard with any, so extremely well balanced.
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#47 on Top 100 of 2010; This vineyard has proved itself for so many years that it's practically a guarantee of greatness. This 2008 is a real stunner. It's so rich and exotic, so balanced and dry, so clean. Dazzles with pear, pineapple, lychee, roast... Wine Enthusiast. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Dutton-Goldfield Chardonnay Dutton Ranch - Rued Vineyard 750ml
A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Dutton-Goldfield Chardonnay Dutton Ranch - Rued Vineyard 750ml
Wine Tasting NotesThe fruit ripened slowly and evenly; retaining its acid while building flavor and concentration. We were rewarded with a Rued offering of particular density, balance and longevity, even for this vineyard. It draws one in with aromas of pear, lychee, lilac, ginger and toffee. In the mouth it continues the orgy of opulence, but balanced with moderate alcohol and bright acidity which enables the fresh spiced pear and tropical fruit to shine through to the finish. Clearly this is a special vintage of a special wine for us. Dan loves nothing more than great aged chardonnays, and this one should certainly fit that bill in 5 to 15 years. In the meantime, it will show wonderfully now with almost any lobster or crab dish, or a roasted game bird.