As a winemaker, some wines you craft just perfectly suit your ow
n tastes. The 2011 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay is definitely in this group; its combination of focus and opulence, plush fruit and steely minerality are exactly what we strive for in this bottling. The cold, damp 2011 season perfectly suited Dutton Ranch’s attentive farming, and the character of the old, dry farmed Chard vines. Their sparse canopy, low yield and great health produced concentrated fruit in a year where many were less pleased.
The wine shows the crystalline citrus fruit and freshness so quintessential to this neighborhood. In the nose, it leads with lemon curd,buttercream and a touch of tangerine—fantas
tic concentration and focus. The mouth is refreshing and luscious at the same time. Meyer lemon, a hint of toffee, and mandarin orange
fill out the middle, while the creamy tropical overtones round out the edges. The finish combines fresh citrus, sweet buttercream, bright acidity and a cleansing minerality that leaves
you wanting more. This really is the perfect pairing wine, suiting everything from light appetizers and sushi to pasta in cream
sauce and pork. Or, nothing at all.
"Rued Ranch consistently is the winery’s top bottling. The 2011, like its predecessors, is modest in alcohol but vast in citrus, tropical fruit, honeysuckle and mineral flavors, and enriched with smoky oak and buttery notes. It has a delicate mouthfeel that makes it a joy to savor. "