It was the holidays, and the doorbell rang. It was a large box of wine. I often receive wine from various sources out of the blue for many reasons. However, this time it was a gift from my brother. In that box was the most delightful collection of wines from the Dutton-Goldfield Winery.
The occasion finally arrived to crack open one of these bottles to share with some special friends. The one we chose from the collection was the Dutton-Goldfield Chardonnay.
Dutton-Goldfield Winery Chardonnay
Dutton-Goldfield Winery was a fun vintner to research. It all began in 1998 with a handshake and a shared passion for wine between Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield, thus the name of the winery. Steve was a fifth generation farmer from the Russian River Wine Region with a love of all things farming, in particular, wine grapes. Dan was the perfect complement to the new venture. He brought an education in chemistry and enology, was an outdoor enthusiast, and had a passion and background in wine and winemaking from a number of note-worthy vintners such as Mondavi, Schramsberg, and Hartford.
With Steve in the vineyards to do his magic with the wine grapes, and Dan in the winery to bring it all together by transforming the grapes to spectacular wines, the stage was set for this partnership to flourish.
Since that time, they have received much recognition and accolades for their outstanding wines.
The Dutton-Goldfield Winery is located in the Russian River Wine Region, one of my favorite areas to visit. With the cold marine air moving inland from the Pacific Ocean, and the coastal hills partially blocking that air, it creates separate and diverse microclimates. With the many soil variations, all this creates a perfect situation for growing many wine grapes varietals.
This is what the winemakers have to say about their Dutton-Goldfield Winery Chardonnay:
“The long, friendly growing season enhanced the pear, tropical and stone fruit tones in our Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, framing the focused citrus and minerality that are always at the core of the wine. The citrus aromas lean toward Meyer lemon and tangerine this year, supported by pear/guava fruit elements and ginger/cream wood characters, inviting you in for a sip.
In the mouth, the lusciousness that expresses this season is balanced by solid acidity and an evolving fruit core that keeps you coming back. Lemon sourball, ripe pear and a touch of green apple fill out the fruit profile while the steely minerality and sweet cream touches juxtapose to add a complexity that we love in this wine.
Moderate alcohol and the signature juicy acidity of Green Valley facilitate the fresh, lingering citrus/ginger finish. This is a wine that evolves in the glass and will easily reward 5 years of cellar aging, but both will be a challenge with its immediate allure.”
You can find this Dutton-Goldfield Winery Chardonnay on their website, bevmo.com, wine.com, totalwine.com, and a good many wine outlets.
This wine was a special treat to share with my friends and an especially lovely gift from my brother. I can’t wait to try the others in that collection. For now the remaining bottles are safely tucked away in my wine chiller.
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