Patz & Hall Chardonnay Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch 2006
Produced from some of the oldest plantings of Chardonnay in western Sonoma, this wine is a blend of California heritage clones - Robert Young, Rued, Hyde-Wente and UC Davis Clone 4. Mostly dry farmed, the vines struggle to produce small but intensely concentrated berries, making for great depth of flavor and texture. The 2005 Dutton Ranch Russian River Chardonnay displays beautiful aromas of lemon curd and passion fruit with hints of buttered toast and honey, intermingled with a ribbon of caramel. Creamy and rich, with flavors of lemon meringue and pineapple, the finish shows great finesse with integrated acidity and a wet stone minerality.
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.
Patz & Hall and their partners create impressive Burgundian styled Chards and Pinots that balance elegant acidity with sophisticated fruit. This 2006 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay lifts you with its aromas of lush tropical fruit, and complex range of beautiful smoky and citrus flavors. Compared to many other 'hard to find costly label' Chardonnays in this premium category, and at about $35.00 this wine is a find. What makes this wine so great is that it's fresh, distinct and truly expressive.
90 points. The nose on this wine is slightly smoky, with a faint nuttiness, with a touch of tropical fruit and flowers. There is quite a bit of mango and a nice buttery, toasted component around the edges. The initial impact of this wine is sweetly ripe and creamy. The first thing I notice about this wine is its refinement. It’s smooth and delicate at once, while showing tons of tropical fruit, spiced butter, and a very faint nuttiness. This is a fuller bodied example of Chardonnay, and its weight is almost heavy, but the intensity of its fruit components give it a sense of gracefulness. Overall, this is a well done wine, with an impressive finish that lasts for quite some time. It’s a solid buy for the price, and although there are probably other Chardonnays that could easily compete at this quality and price level, this would be a sound purchase to make when your looking for a dependable Chardonnay. Not too heavily oaked or too fruity, this is a well made wine, and one that would be worth buying. Source: What's Worth Drinking: Post #32: Russian River Valley Chardonnay ( http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/06/24/post-32-russian-river-valley-chardonnay/ )
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Patz & Hall Chardonnay Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch
Complex and focused, with perfumed floral, spice, melon and apple scents that are supple, elegant and easy-drinking on the palate. Drink now through 2010.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar ReviewRated 92Pale medium yellow. Stony, floral nose hints at spices and tropical fruits. Quite perfumed and precise in the mouth, with a subtle saline character adding nuance to the bright flavors of lemon, pineapple and spices; showed a floral fragrance that reminded me of riesling, or muscat. The firm, harmonious acids really frame the wine and carry the fruit. Finishes bright, strong and long.Wine Tasting NotesThe Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Chardonnay displays beautiful aromas of lemon curd and passion fruit with hints of buttered toast and honey, intermingled with a ribbon of caramel. Creamy and rich, with flavors of lemon meringue and pineapple, the finish shows great finesse with integrated acidity and a wet stone minerality.