(2009 Vintage) Due to its old vine origin, the Dutton Ranch Chardonnay might be our most consistent offering, but this exceptional vintage amps up the candied Myer lemon and tangerine fruit characters, while maintaining the fresh acidity and moderate alcohol that have always carried this wine. In the nose, it's a veritable citrus and tropical fruit basket, with caramel and toffee overtones. At the same time, its wonderful freshness and minerality in the mouth balances the promised lushness. Tangerine and pear fruit lead, along with a creaminess and nutmeg note that comes from perfectly ripe fruit and the stirred barrels. This wine offer a wonderful combination of softness and focus that carries through to the lingering citrus and green apple finish. I love just sipping this wine, but it’s also perfect with roast chicken or just about any fish dish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2004 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Jun-06
Burghound(2004 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Burghound in Issue 23, Jul 01, 2006