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2006 Dutton Goldfield Chardonnay "Dutton Ranch"

Dutton Goldfield 2006 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

Winery: Dutton Goldfield

Vintage: 2006

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Dutton Ranch"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $35

Cases produced: 3,974

KWG Score: 91 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93.99-90)

Review date: November 25, 2008

Wine Review: This was one of the best Chardonnays that I tried on my recent trip to California. This yellow colored wine opens with a very aromatic and inviting citrus like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, creamy, smooth, and well balanced. The flavor profile of this wine is light lemon with nicely integrated oak and butter. This is made in the traditional California Chardonnay style. The finish is dry and fades away nicely. Pair this gem with chicken cordon bleu. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Our dry farmed, low yielding old chardonnay vines served us beautifully in the long, cool 2006 vintage. Their thick skins and high acid held beautifully this season and gave us a classic Dutton Ranch Chard, with its crisp fruit, great structure and moderate alcohol. Lush pear and vivid citrus aromas lead in the nose, followed by fresh cream and toffee overtones. In the mouth, the candied lime and citrus elements shine through, supported by creamy caramel undertones and fresh acidity. This is a wine of balance, freshness and personality. Enjoy it on its own to start an evening, or with everything from hors d’oevres to roasted fowl, sautéed fish and grilled pork.

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