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2016 Dutton Goldfield Chardonnay "Rued Vineyard"

Dutton Goldfield 2016 Rued Chardonnay

Winery: Dutton Goldfield

Vintage: 2016

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Rued Vineyard"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Green Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $55

Cases produced: 404

KWG Score: 93 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: May 5, 2019

Wine Review: This golden yellow colored Chardonnay opens with a lemon and pineapple bouquet with hints of butterscotch. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced and rich. The flavor profile is a very tasty oak influenced wine with ripe pear and pineapple mixed in. I also detected hints of lemon custard and spice. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. This delicious Chard could be enjoyed on its own. With food, I would pair it with lobster bisque. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Exotic lychee, always a hallmark of this wine, leads the nose, underlain with orange blossom, Asian pear compote, a hint of butterscotch, and a side of citrus. The mouth is totally mouth-coating and enveloping yet still light on its feet, with an acid focus in the middle that keeps the wine bright. There's always a phenolic element in this wine that lures in even dedicated red wine only drinkers, showing itself in the dusky tannins that give the wine extra weight. The long, beautiful finish sings with caramel creme brulee. Lush and forward, this is a wine to drink now with scallop and crab dishes.

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