2017 Patz & Hall 'Dutton Ranch' Chardonnay Russian River Valley

$42.95
JD96WA92

Patz & Hall knows how to capture all the charm and complexity of Dutton Ranch’s impressively old Chardonnay vines. This is a dense, full-bodied Chardonnay with a blooming bouquet that really knows how to make a great first impression. The palate is rich and kissed by oak in a way that lends a lovely nutmeg nuance without distracting from the crunchy, old-vine concentration of the fruit. As Dunnuck puts it, this is “seriously good.”

Varietal:
Chardonnay
Winemaker:
James Hall
Vintage:
2017
Oak Treatment:
35% new oak
Appellation:
Sonoma
Sub-Appellation:
Russian River Valley
Vineyard:
Dutton Ranch
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %:
14.5%
SKU #:
1045694
Size:
750 ml Bottle
JD96

Jeb Dunnuck

From the Russian River, the 2017 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is a step up and has more intensity and depth, with a rocking bouquet of honey stone fruits, brioche, toasted hazelnuts, and crushed stone. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, with bright acidity, it has a kiss of background oak but is a seriously good, layered effort that will cruise for 5-7 years, probably longer.

WA92

Wine Advocate

The 2017 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch aged on the lees in 35% new oak with weekly bâtonnage. It reluctantly opens to apple pie, toast, apricot, roasted almonds and smoky reduction. It’s medium-bodied, silky and more expressive in the mouth with honeyed, savory notions framing the intense fruits, enlivened by juicy acidity and finishing long and textured. This will benefit from another year in bottle.