The Calling Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2018 750ml -20%
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The Wine is fresh, lively and fun to drink. Honeysuckle, white rose petal, lemon meringue and white flowers delight on the nose while rushed white rose petal, Bartlett pear, honeydew melon and Meyer lemon fill out the palate for a balanced, full-bodied Chardonnay
Walker Hill has been part of our Dutton Ranch Chardonnay for many years, coming together with four of our other favorite of Steve’s Dutton Ranch vineyards to create our Russian River Valley expression. As any of you who’ve sat in on a tasting with Dan Goldfield knows, he’s an unabashed Chardonnay lover and has a bit of a chip on his shoulder about California Chardonnays and their ability to show a great sense of place, as well as age beautifully. While it can be grown in a lot of places across the globe, it really shines in the old, cold vineyards here in Green Valley of Russian River Valley. Back in 2011, he decided that in addition to it being a core part of the Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, this was the year to bottle some of this quintessential Russian River Valley Chardonnay on its own. While some at DG thought another single-vineyard Chardonnay wasn’t what we needed, Dan called in his owner perk, and decided to make enough for himself at least—which turned out to be 148 cases. Of course, everyone else loved it as much, and we’ve continued to produce this bottling ever since.
The wine is Thick, okay and richly robust in tropical flavors, this is a fleshy and opulent wine, integrated and weighty in ripe apple, peach and pear.