The early spring of 2008 was marked by over 20 days of frost, resulting in extremely small chardonnay yields, even on our hillside vineyards. Between these tiny crops, the warm harvest season and our old vines, 2008 gave us particularly focused and structured Dutton Ranch Chardonnay. The classic lemon cream character of the Old Wente selection is amped up with particular brightness, concentration and a core of minerality. In the nose, aromas of lemon zest and tangerine are balanced by buttercream, pear and a hint of caramel. In the mouth it's all about the lively citrus fruit at first sip, but with time it's the overtones of pear and ginger, along with the lush mouthfeel and phenolic edge that make the wine truly special. The bright acidity and moderate alcohol carry a finish of energetic fruit and cleansing minerality, leaving you ready for another sip. Great as an aperitif, try it also with your favorite fowl dishes, or any grilled fish.
"Beautiful and likeable for its dryness, crisp minerality, and the sleek, clean mouthfeel. The fruit suggests oak-inspired pears, oranges and citrons. This elegant quaff gets better as it warms in the glass. Drink now"
"Starts out racy, floral and grassy, yet folds together into a richer, more complete wine, with pretty lemon meringue, mineral and light cedar touches. Most interesting on the finish. Drink now through 2015."