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2016 Dutton Ranch Vineyards Chardonnay

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Acid
6.0 g/L
pH
3.6
Aging
11 months in 100% French Oak, 25% new
Residual Sugar
<1.0 g/L
Tannin
N/A
Alcohol %
13.90
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Dutton Ranch is composed of 1,100 acres of premium Sonoma County vineyards planted on coveted Goldridge sandy loam soil. Fruit for this vintage was sourced from several locations within Dutton Ranch's Russian River Valley vineyards. Plots in the warmer end of the valley contributed ripe tropical elements, while those from cooler areas lent minerality and a structural backbone.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Acid
6.0 g/L
pH
3.6
Aging
11 months in 100% French Oak, 25% new
Residual Sugar
<1.0 g/L
Tannin
N/A
Alcohol %
13.90
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Notes of pear, lemon curd, and floral wet stone on the nose. Crisp, mineral-driven palate with flavors of melon, Honey crisp apple, pear, hibiscus, and honeysuckle with a low oak impact and an elegant finish.
Production Notes
Grapes were hand-sorted and whole clusters were gently pressed into French oak barrels. The wine was barrel-fermented with native yeasts and was aged sur lie in barrel for 11 months with weekly battonage.
Winemaker Notes
The 2016 vintage was characterized by early bud break and flowering, followed by a cooler than normal ripening season that resulted in deep flavors and great tannin structure and acidity.
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