Dutton-Goldfield Winery sources fruit from some of the best vineyards in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley and along the Sonoma Coast. Perhaps the most notable fruit comes from the Green Valley AVA, located in the coolest and foggiest part of the Russian River Valley not far from the coast. 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 a remarkable delicate complexity that makes for wines of great character and intensity. This area is also known for its distinctive “Goldridge” soil composed of sandy loam and fractured sandstone.

The floral-scented chardonnay muscat varietal that Warren Dutton planted back in 1969 is now 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.