2014 Patz & Hall "Dutton Ranch" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1227153 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 This voluptuously seductive wine is also elegantly balanced. Citrus, wet stone and sea salt lift the minerality to pronounced levels, accented by a crispness of lemon peel and papaya wrapped in blossoming jasmine. Many of the vines on the site date back nearly 40 years, a demonstration that in age there is beauty. (VB)  (9/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is a rather complex blend of multiple heritage clones from California, such as the Wente, Robert Young, Rued, the U.C. Davis Clone 4, and the Spring Mountain Clone. The wine offers up plenty of white peach, honeysuckle, full-bodied elegance, a touch of mango and almond paste. There are also notes of green apple skin. This beauty is about 40% new French oak and their second largest cuvée at 6,500 cases. Like the other wines, this went through 100% malolactic before being bottled unfiltered. (RP)  (4/2016)

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Staff Image By: Mellyn Craig | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2016 | Send Email
Patz & Hall does it again! The 2014 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay finds that beautiful balance of richness, structure and freshness. The nose is nutty and rich with honey and white flowers. On the palate, the zippy acidity freshens up the rich characteristics and is complimented with stone fruits and creamy citrus. All this wrapped up with a great price bow on top! This wins is delicious now and definitely has the acidity that will help this Chardonnay cellar well.

Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2016 | Send Email
Great Chardonnay from a great source! This is not a big, fat, buttery and clumsy wine. This wine has beautiful fresh Chardonnay aromas; precise and perfectly ripe fruit, without a trace of over ripeness. A shining wine in perfect balance. The nose says California but the brightness, freshness and dry finish remind me of fine Puligny Montrachet. A lovely combination and top quality California Chardonnay for more than fair price. Bravo!

Staff Image By: Jordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2016 | Send Email
This is a fascinating and complex Chard from Patz & Hall. The 2014 Dutton Ranch has a lite mouth feel but is rich in flavors . Bright citrus , Saffron , Nutty flavors , And nice integrated oak. This is very uplifting California chardonnay. This will be a K&L Favorite for sure! Stock up for the remaining warm weather months. Cheers!

Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2016 | Send Email
A lovely Chardonnay with a bright, pretty, zesty nose. Hints of pear, honeysuckle, and orange blossom waft from the glass. There's a nice mid-palate weight that's not too heavy. A delicious, richer style that offers perfect acidity, and a high-toned herbal finish. This will hang with the "big boys" of California Chardonnay, but without the "big boy" price.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2016 | Send Email
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Fans of Kistler, Aubert and Paul Hobbs Chardonnays except for the pricing can instead opt for the 2014 Patz & Hall "Dutton Ranch" Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Beautifully balanced with intoxicating aromas of orange blossom, iodine and cream with a rich palate of lemon crème, tropical fruits and rich oak accents. A big, rich Chardonnay that also has great acidity and balance. This is a quintessential California Chardonnay.
Drink from 2016 to 2018

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2