2019 Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay
91 Points - Wine Spectator
94 Points - The Tasting Panel & The Somm Journal
"Vineyards as old as 54 years contribute to this white, which is stainless steel, barrel, and concrete-aged separately. With an arousing nose of pineapple upside down cake, this wine just sings on the palate. Succulent notes of ripe melon, vanilla wafer, and honeysuckle line the mouth. Velvet suppleness is luxury defined. Sweet lemon and brown sugar intensify its complexity."
Dutton Ranch farms more than 80 separate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. To create our Russian River Valley Chardonnay, we pulled from four different vineyards with established pedigrees and are certified Sonoma County Sustainably-Farmed and Fish-Friendly. 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 vineyards selected for the Kyndall's Reserve range in age, some vines are up to 54 years old! This range contributes adepth of flavor and aromatics, encompassing the best of the Russian River Valley.
Kyndall's Reserve is a perfect balance of all we do well here at Dutton Estate Winery: grape growing and winemaking. 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.
This golden-hued Chardonnay is approachable from the first sip. Zesty Meyer lemon, white powdered sugar, and hints of vanilla are immediately expressed on the nose. The lemon mellows and deepens on the palate, followed by orchard fruit such as quince. The fruit flavors seamlessly blend with the oak nuances of flaky pie crust, deep caramel and brown sugar. The balanced acid encourages the wine to linger on the palate for a medium-long finish.