Sourced from Dutton Ranch's Sebastopol vineyard, our JAX Chardonnay vines dwell in famed "moon dust" soil. This fine grain soil provides the perfect combination of excellent drainage and low yields. Winemaker Kirk Venge crafts a creamy mélange of apricot jam, crisp pear and vanilla flavors with a refreshing citrus acidity that keeps this wine fresh and lively on the palate. Hand waxing each bottle, we call this wine "decadence inside and out."
The berries were firm at harvest and therefore vivid, deep flavors, great acidity and excellent freshness. The wines will be very pure, with strong specific vineyard signatures. But moderate weather prevailed throughout summer. The lack of heat waves kept sugar levels and phenolic maturity in sync. Ripening progressed slowly and predictably. Winemaker Kirk Venge ages this wine in 30% new French oak over a period of 10 months, allowing the fruit's characteristics to shine. The beautiful concentration of fruit flavors take on the richness from the French oak barrels while the wine's balanced acidity maintains a crisp, bright palate. This wine is bottled unfiltered and unfined and will cellar till 2022 and beyond.
The 2016 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch opens with notes of baking bread, fresh ginger and marzipan over a core of grapefruit, lemon curd and fresh apple slices. Medium to full-bodied, it gives a great intensity of savory and apple-inspired flavors with a racy line and long, savory finish. 175 cases produced.
Focused, fresh acidity rules the day in this well-made wine made from Kirk Venge. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, white flower and golden oak meld together to offer a lush yet balanced experience.