Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2011
Established in 1988, Patz & Hall embodies the shared vision and collective expertise of four talented friends - Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz. Together, this dedicated team of individuals has turned a desire to craft benchmark, single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs into one of California's most celebrated artisan wineries.
Editorial Reviews for Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch
Bright and juicy on the nose with note of lime, peach, caramel and a hint of flint under the nutmeg top notes. This is elegant and rich with lots of power but at the same time there is a lovely sense of transparency and lift to the palate. Rich with lightly toasty and honied orchard fruits, the deft use of oak here leaves only attractive framing notes supporting the fruit. The acidity is nicely integrated but firm, adding the needed backbone to help drive the mineral tinged flavors through the long, layered finish. 91pts
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch
(35% new oak): Straw-yellow. Understated but pure aromas of pineapple, lemon, marzipan and nutmeg oil. At once glyceral and brisk, with a rich, supple texture nicely cut by harmonious citrussy acidity. A piquant note of pineapple and firm finishing minerality leaves a fairly dry impression on the aftertaste. - Stephen Tanzer 91+ Points A nicely done, medium-weight style, offering light creamy oak, cedar, pear and baked apple scents, with a persistent finish. Drink now through 2018. 5,019 cases made. -JL The extremely cool 2011 growing season produced a very small crop, with small clusters and tiny berries. These low yields have accentuated this wine's concentration, as well as its beautiful density and round, mouthcoating texture. The aromas offer ripe peach, pear, toasted almond and marzipan layers, alongside intriguing cinnamon, carnation and spice notes somewhat reminiscent of a great Gewürztraminer. On the palate, this wine is plush...