Dutton Goldfield Rued Vineyard Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from Russian River, California

Item No. 107427
  • white wine
  • boutique wine
  • WE96
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: 13.7%

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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

The 2008 vintage was particularly low yielding due to early season frosts, an unusual occurrence on the Rued hillside. Combined with the warm late season, the sparse crop imparted extra concentration to go with the usual lushness and tropicality of this special vineyard. With the relatively early harvest, the Meyer Lemon and mineral components really come through, along with the defining lychee nut and guava characteristics of the vineyard. In the nose the wine leads with lemon and tangerine, accented by tropical overtones and buttercream/ginger barrel notes. In the mouth, the first impression is of fresh citrus and pear, but with time it is the lush guava and toffee that linger. The bright acidity and cleansing mineral elements carry the long citrus finish. This is a wonderful wine to pair with rich shellfish like lobster or crab, but is also wonderful with fowl dishes or just as an aperitif on the deck with hard cheeses and avocado.

Critical Acclaim

"This vineyard has proved itself for so many years that it's practically a guarantee of greatness. This 2008 is a real stunner. It's so rich and exotic, so balanced and dry, so clean. Dazzles with pear, pineapple, lychee, roasted hazelnut, creme brulee, buttered toast, honey and spice flavors, wrapped into a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Brilliant and compelling. Drink now."
96 Points

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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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