Bonfort’s Wine of The Week: Dutton Goldfield 2015 RRV Chardonnay, 91 Points

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.

649 cases.

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Michael Cervin
Michael Cervin

Michael Cervin is Bonfort's Wine Editor. He is the author of eight books including California Wine County) and he contributes and spirits articles to various publications including Robb Report, Forbes Travel Guides, The Hollywood Reporter, Old Liquors Magazine (Netherlands), The Whiskey Reviewer, The Tasting Panel, Fine Wine & Liquor Magazine (China), Decanter (London), Sommelier Journal,, and many others. He is also professional wine and spirits judge serving at the Taste of Rum Festival in Puerto Rico, The Best of Vinho Verde Awards in Portugal, The Critics Challenge, San Diego Wine & Spirits Challenge, and San Diego Spirits and Cocktail Festival, The Central Cost Wine Competition, The San Francisco International Wine Competition, The California State Fair, and others. He is currently the wine buyer for the Santa Barbara Airport.

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