2021 Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay

94 Points - The Tasting Panel & The Somm Journal

2021 Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay
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94 Points - The Tasting Panel & The Somm Journal

"This is a lovely Chardonnay that lives up to the producer’s exalted reputation with the grape variety. Respectfully made with subtle oak contributing suggestions of baking spices and toasted nuts, it is deeply flavored, with a persistent finish in which the delicious fruit outruns the wood accents."

 

92 Points - Gold Medal Exceptional - Beverage Testing Institute

"Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple cinnamon buttered waffle, vanilla caramel, candied white flowers, and cream cheese with a round, lively, dry full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of yellow apple, snow pea, brown butter pear, and pine needle with light oak flavor. A sumptuous and decadent treat for the lover of riper Chardonnay with well integrated oak."

 

92 Points - Planet Grape Wine Review

"Full and creamy with underlying tartness for balance and notes of peach cobbler, candied orange, almond croissant and vanilla wafer."


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
2021
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Alcohol %
14.1

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