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2018 Kistler Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

Light capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

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RATINGS

96Jeb Dunnuck

...medium-bodied, elegant, incredibly classic style as well as notes of white flowers, brioche, apple blossom, and toasted bread...incredible sense of richness without weight, integrated acidity, and a great finish.

95The Wine Advocate

...scents of warm peaches, quince paste, honeycomb, jasmine and a classy framing of baking spices and nutty notions...medium weight and is incredibly silky and broad...pretty blend of ripe fruits and spicy accents, a bright spine of acidity and very long, continually evolving finish. This is a beauty!

94Vinous / IWC

Orchard fruit, mint and white flowers lead to a core of green apple and pear flavors. Textured and inviting, with soft curves...

REGION

United States, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley AVA is named for the river that meanders from Mendocino County in the north until it finally runs into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. The AVA is cool thanks to its proximity to the northern California coast and the river, and grape growers must learn to deal with regular fog. Nevertheless in recent decades the AVA has become one of the best in the state, meaning that its wines often earn excellent reviews and have considerable cachet. The AVA status was awarded in 1983 and today the appellation has 15,000 vineyard acres. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape though Pinot Noir has also been very successful in recent decades. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are known for being rich, lush and filled with concentrated fruit and berry flavors. Russian River Pinot Noirs are today considered some of the best domestic Pinot Noirs.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.