2019 Kylie's Fume Blanc
The two-acre lot of Shop Block Vineyard is in the heart of the Green Valley and was planted to the Musqué clone in the late 1990’s. Mrs. George Vineyard, a stone’s throw away from the Home Ranch, brings out unique floral notes in its fruit. We selected these vineyards from the more than 80 that Dutton Ranch farms for their fabulous Musqué fruit; both are certified Sonoma County Sustainably-Farmed and Fish-Friendly.
The 2019 is the third vintage with the Sonoma County Sustainably Farmed Grapes label identifier. This reflects our family’s and our community’s commitmentto growing grapes that benefit farmers and wine lovers today as well as ensure viable businesses for the future. At Dutton Estate, we have felt connected to the land through six generations and are proud to lead this initiative with other grape growers.
Kylie’s is a family designation from our Sisters Selection and named for Joe and Tracy Dutton’s middle daughter who, as a child, loved to swirl a wine glass calling out flavors and aromas she noticed to her parents. Her adventurous spirit and sparkling personality reflect the plethora of fruit, spice, and floral notes found in this wine.
From beginning to end this particular Sauvignon Blanc is all things Kylie. Before we even thought about harvest Kylie came to me and wanted to do something special for the wine club with her name sake wine. Her first and singular thought was to add more integrated oak with 100% barrel fermentation. This began the brainstorming behind the Fume’ Blanc we now call Kylie’s Fumé. Kylie and I began to search for a unique cooper and the style of toast level that would give this wine lift without over powering it. We found that barrel from Le Grand with their special toasting called LUMINEUSE+. This 100% barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc was created for the WOW factor and to make Kylie happy. Its hard to believe that it has 30% new French Oak. The oak provides a underlining sweetness with coconut richness to run alongside the tropical aromas. Fermenting the wine a bit warmer helped to extract more aromas and the rich flavors of the barrels. The Shop Block is known for it’s higher acid but the newer oak helps balance that zing a bit while featuring ripe fruit, rich texture and a full palate.
Tropical notes of mango, pineapple and light oak spice with a subtle perfume of green fruits and anise engage the nose immediately. Tropical melon fruits with green fruit undertones permeate the palate. Lemon grass notes with subtle oak and a touch of baking spice add intrigue to the wine. Green melon fruits and a bite of lime draws out the long finish. A perfect warm weather white!