2020 Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay

95 Points - The Tasting Panel Magazine & The Somm Journal

2020 Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay
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95 Points - The Tasting Panel Magazine & The Somm Journal

"Fermented in French oak, stainless, and concrete egg, this small production Chardonnay comes from some vines planted over 50 years ago. A stunning array of aromas and flavors from jasmine and cotton to apricot and gardenia. The key lime and vanilla middle is a high point, deliriously expressive, with good acidity, minerality, and vibrant floral tones."

92 Points - Planet Grape Wine Review

"Light, silky, fresh and dry with notes of tangerine, peach cobbler, apricot jam, vanilla and nutmeg."


THE VINEYARD 

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 a depth of flavor and aromatics, encompassing the best of the Russian River Valley

THE WINEMAKING 

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. 

TASTING NOTES 

This wine immediately presents very fruit-forward aromas of apricot, peach, and other stone fruits. These aromas are complemented by a light bouquet of vanilla, toast, and most notably, caramel. The apricot and vanilla are most present on the palate as well as a hint of lemon and touch of minerality. The most intriguing bit of our Kyndall's Reserve is balanced acidity and mouth feel despite the rich fruit notes. It would pair wonderfully with most seafood and white meat, creamier dishes like risotto and soft cheeses, or apple crisp made from our Sebastopol Gravenstein apples!

Wine Specs
Vintage
2020
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Alcohol %
13.9

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