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.”
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.