The extremely cool 2011 growing season produced a very small crop, with small clusters and tiny berries. These low yields have accentuated this wine’s concentration, as well as its beautiful density and round, mouthcoating texture. The aromas offer ripe peach, pear, toasted almond and marzipan layers, alongside intriguing cinnamon, carnation and spice notes somewhat reminiscent of a great Gewürztraminer. On the palate, this wine is plush and lingering, with flavors or ripe pineapple and green apple. For all of its crowd-pleasing weight and texture, there is also focused acidity and a bright, crisp minerality that adds precision and length.
"Straw-yellow. Understated but pure aromas of pineapple, lemon, marzipan and nutmeg oil. At once glyceral and brisk, with a rich, supple texture nicely cut by harmonious citrussy acidity. A piquant note of pineapple and firm finishing minerality leaves a fairly dry impression on the aftertaste.
Range: 91+ Points"
International Wine Cellar
"Bright, crisp and lush with lovely vanilla oak and tangy, dense and layered; elegant, rich and neatly balanced; long and seamless. "
"The 2011 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is a 5,000-case cuvee which includes fruit from relatively old vines (25% of the cuvee is from Chardonnay planted in 1969). This wine displays crisp acidity, exotic mango and pineapple notes with some caramelized citrus. It is medium to full-bodied and outstanding even in this vintage. (Obviously it was picked largely before any of the rain caused issues with botrytis.) "
The Wine Advocate
"New oak dominates this brisk, young Chardonnay. It’s elaborate in tropical fruit, Asian pears and green apples, with fine, tart acidity making the mouth water, as well as a buttery creaminess from lees and 100% malolactic fermentation. Drink now."