Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from Russian River, California

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Item No. 108305
  • white wine
  • WE92
  • WS90
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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"
92 Points

"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."
90 Points

Learn About Dutton Goldfield Map ItMap It

Dutton-Goldfield Winery began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them-to craft wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate vineyards, and which they'd enjoy drinking at their own dinner tables. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the mainstays of the Dutton...

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Learn About Russian River

The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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