2018 Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay
93 Points - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
93 Points - Wine & Spirits
90 Points - California Grapevine
Dutton Ranch farms more than 80 separate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. To create our Russian River Valley Chardonnay, we pulled from three different vineyards with established pedigrees and are certified Sonoma County Sustainably-Farmed and Fish-Friendly. The Sebastopol vineyard was planted in 1980 to the Robert Young Clone, the Dutton Palms Vineyard, the coolest of all, was planted in 1991 to the Wente Clone, and the forty year old vines at the Mill Station Vineyard are planted to the Heritage clone. In 2018 vineyard conditions were even and ideal, which allowed for steady sugar increases while maintaining pH levels.
Kyndall's Reserve is a perfect balance of all we do well here at Dutton Estate Winery: grape growing and winemaking. Kyndall's Reserve is part of our Sister's Selection and is a family designation wine named for Joe and Tracy's eldest daughter whose down-to-earth personality is reflected in this approachable Chardonnay. The fruit is hand picked at night and brought to the winery to be whole-cluster pressed. The fruit is fermented in equal parts concrete egg, stainless steel, and French Oak. The wine was barrel and concrete egg aged separately, and the concrete egg portion did not go through malolactic fermentation. The separate lots were blended together prior to bottling to best preserve terroir and different fermentation styles.
Light gold in color, the nose is super expressive with aromas of apple, quince, lemon curd, vanilla, and little cuties. Even a hint of minerality. The aromas follow through to the palate, especially the refreshing apple and cutie notes. The palate also displays the nuanced toast and butterscotch flavors from oak, Kyndall's Reserve is delightful to sip on its own or with a simple supper of citrus marinated chicken or vegetable kabobs studded with pineapple.