2020 Kylie's Fume Blanc
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Dutton Ranch farms more than 80 separate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. This is our second vintage of Fumé Blanc blended from our Shop Block and Mrs. George's Vineyards. Our Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are planted to the Musqué clone, which is noted for its unique floral aromas. The Shop Block Vineyard is known for higher acid fruit, which is softened during the fermentation and aging process. The vineyards are certified Sonoma County Sustainably-Farmed and Fish-Friendly. They are dry-farmed and historically produces grapes of consistent character.
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.
After a wildly successful inaugural year with the 2019 vintage, we decided to repeat our newest portfolio addition, Kylie's Fumé Blanc. In 2020, The fruit was harvested at night and brought to the winery where it was immediately pressed and moved to 2 year old oak barrels for inoculation. After fermentation, the wine remained in the same barrels to add even more oak notes to final wine.
Our 2020 vintage closely resembles what we were able to produce in 2019. Mango and pineapple are the dominant aromas with slight oak spice and perfume of green fruits. Tropical melon, green fruit undertones, and a squeeze of lime permeate the palate. Lemongrass notes with toasted coconut nuances from barrel fermentation and age round out this smooth white. A perfect warm weather wine for a with goat cheese toast and a poolside view!