2020 Kistler Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, USA
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DescriptionThere has been a progressive trend by Kistler’s winemaking team and owners to harvest at slightly lower sugars, back off slightly on the percentage of new oak used, and bottle their wines earlier. All of this is designed to preserve as much fruit and freshness in the wines as possible. This winery has long featured some of the finest terroirs on the Sonoma Coast and Russian River for Chardonnays, and their approach has clearly been very Burgundian, with full malolactic fermentation, no acid adjustments and letting the vineyard and clonal material push its personality to the forefront. Perhaps the biggest change of all has been the shift to 100% indigenous yeast fermentations for all the wines.
WINE ADVOCATEThe 2020 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is a powerhouse! Gregarious baked apples, apricot and tangerine peel are accented with touches of dried herbs and flint on the nose, and the full-bodied palate stuns with its ultra-concentrated fruit. It offers an expansive, satiny texture, youthful touches of spring butter, oak spice and refreshing, tangy acidity that balances the very long, flavorful finish. It's a near-foil to its shimmery, lifted 2019 counterpart and just as beautiful—which one you like best will just depend on the style of California Chardonnay you enjoy most!