2015 Dutton Goldfield ‘Rued Vineyard’ Chardonnay
Tastes Like: Green Apple, Meyer Lemon, Asian Pear, Creme Brulee
In 1998, friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield came together to make terroir-driven wines in the cooler zones of Sonoma, California. Dutton, whose father was also a grower, has been working in the industry since he was 5 years old. Goldfield studied chemistry before enrolling at U.C. Davis for winemaking, and he racked up work experience at legendary estates like Robert Mondavi, Schramsberg, La Crema, and Hartford Court.
Founded by Steve Dutton’s father in 1969, the Rued vineyard is located in Green Valley, a cooler subregion of Sonoma’s famed Russian River Valley. The is one of the absolute best places in California to grow Chardonnay, thanks to its cold, foggy climate and well-draining Goldridge soils.
“This wine is bright in acidity, with a wealth of freshness in tones of Meyer lemon and lime. Quenching on the midpalate, it develops more and more complexity in the glass, where a stony texture meets crisp green apple and fennel.” – 94 Points & Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast