(From 2013 Vintage) Our appellation Chardonnays are given less new oak—14% percent in 2012—and spend less time in barrel—twelve months--than the single-vineyard Chardonnays, but otherwise are made identically. We press the whole clusters for delicacy. Native-yeast and full native malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage. After aging in barrel 12 months, it is fined and stabilized in tank during the following harvest. This wine was then bottled without filtration in February, 2015.
(From 2010 Vintage) Coming from special vineyard sites, our Chardonnays show great depth of flavor, length of finish, aromatic complexity, and a fine balance between richness and delicacy. Typically, the climate is cool and the soil vigor low, producing graceful yet vibrant wines. Our Russian River Chardonnay is 36% from four different Dutton ranches (Perry, Mengle, Sebastopol & Mill Station); 16% from Martinelli’s Laughlin Road Vineyard; 13% from King Vineyard; 13% from four Rochioli vineyards (Allen, Mid-40, River, Hill); 10% from Forchini Vineyard; 5% from Westside Farms; 4% Frostwatch; and 3% from Hudson Vineyard.
Robert Parker(From 2010 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/15/2013
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2003 Vintage) On the right track in its sweet, vibrant aromas of lemons, sweet pears and crisp apples with hints of butter and creme brulee for richness, the nose of this nicely put together wine presages its simil...
Wine Advocate(From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 162 on Dec-05