Russian River Valley
Dutton: Back-Side Hill Shop Block
23.8 degree brix
Sixteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels: 67% new; 50% from Tonnellerie Sirugue and 50% from Francois Freres
March 2, 2018
2016 Chasseur Graton's Choice Chardonnay
Downloadable Spec Sheet
Full and firm, this Chardonnay has the structure and zest but with an extra layer of suppleness. The first aromatic impressions are of apple skins, fresh pears, Fuji apples and lemon curd; which all seem to float above a sub-layer of toasted nuts and minerals. Preserved lemon, apple and pear flavors dominate on the palate, with a goodly supply of toasty, nutty and mineral accents in support. This is an age-worthy bottling, and unsurprisingly, the finish wants a bit of airing to fully express itself at this stage.
The Russian River and Sonoma Coast have hit the trifecta with another superb vintage in the last three years. And another growing season following suit with a perfectly balanced crop to vine vigor ratio. A mild summer with very little heat spikes the harvest came in during the mild month of September with spectacularly looking fruit. The beautiful clean fruit taken in during harvest posed no hitches during the fermentation process which has yielded just as beautiful wines.