Dutton Goldfield has had a stellar reputation with Chardonnay since they opened their doors in 1998. The Chardonnay, actually a Chardonnay musque clone from their Rued Vineyard site, provides more aromatics than other Chardonnay clones. There is certainly an obvious malolactic element evident on the nose and in the palate, but it is tempered with zesty fruit, lemon-lime, manuka honey, tropical fruit mélange, tangerine, crème brulee, even wisps of gardenia, apple and toffee. It straddles bright crisp fruit with full ML amazingly well. This wine was 100 percent barrel fermented and a majority of the barrels themselves (they used 50 percent new French oak for 15 months) were fermented using native yeasts for complexity, while other barrels were inoculated with specific cultured strains to showcase the floral aromatics of the wine. At best this wine is an outlier, deviating from comparable Russian River Valley Chardonnays, and expressing its uniqueness to its specific site and clonal selection. Additionally, if aging a Chardonnay is your thing, this will do nicely.
Score: 91 Points
What’s Its SRP? $55/ 750ML
What Can I Pair it With? Smoked crab salad; Lobster fettuccine Alfredo; Classic stroganoff with venison.