Dutton-Goldfield Winery sources fruit from many of the best vineyards from the cool climes of Sonoma’s Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. Perhaps the most notable fruit comes from the Green Valley AVA, the coolest and foggiest part of the Russian River Valley, and closest to the sea. This area is known for its distinctive “Goldridge” soil composed of sandy loam and fractured sandstone.
Here the break in the coastal hills known as the “Petaluma Wind Gap” lets cool draughts of fog rush in each morning from the sea. As a result, the fruit shows off delicate complexity, and makes for wines of great character and intensity.
The floral-scented chardonnay muscat varietal that Warren Dutton planted in 1969 is the star of Dutton Goldfield Winery’s Dutton Ranch-Rued Clone Chardonay. Nurtured through wild fermentation and clarified without filtration, this extraordinary wine offers complex aromas of lychee, and toffee, and nuanced flavors of spiced pear and tropical fruit. Serve it alongside unadorned shellfish dishes to fully appreciate its delicacy and scintillating acidity.