2017 LA RIVIÈRE CHARDONNAY

CHARDONNAY from the Russian River Valley. There is a lot of pear, apple, citrus to go with a gentle background note of lees & barrel spice. Excellent acidity & presents a bright fully refreshing character. This is the name (meaning the River) for our blend of vineyards. The blend came together about two months ago and has really married in the barrel. 

2017 LE RUSSE PINOT NOIR

PINOT NOIR with a lot of Pinot “perfume” as well as interesting fresh raspberry, cola and cherry notes. Sleek and aromatic. I’d love to try this wine with 10-15 years of bottle age. This is the name (meaning “Russian”) of our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir blend of vineyards.  There are multiple clones involved – Pommard from Goff, Dijon 777 from Jayda Hill and Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777 from Monte Cristo.

2017 DUTTON SHOP BLOCK 1967

CHARDONNAY with both a delicate and concentrated, aromatic and pure, rich and refreshing focusing more on the floral/mineral end of the spectrum rather than the tropical fruit end of Chardonnay. Planted in 1967 to an unknown Massale selection of Chardonnay with a partial interplant in 1999 of Dijon Clone 76 the Shop Block 1967 from Dutton Ranch’s oldest vines pose an exciting opportunity to use produce a distinctive wine. 

2017 DUTTON HANSEN HILL

CHARDONNAY with great precision on the palate and shimmering kumquat and mango fruitiness. The small amount of new oak used refocuses the wine on its mineral and spring flower characters. This is a hillside vineyard nearby the Shop Block 1967 site. Planted entirely to Old Wente clone Chardonnay and strictly farmed to the winery specifications this may be/probably is one of the absolute top Chardonnay sites in the Russian River Valley.