2015 was a very warm year, with consistently high temperatures throughout the summer, yet without temperature extremes. The moderating effect of the Pacific on our West Sonoma vineyards kept things in check, so the days were temperate. Our mature 1980s Old Wente Chardonnay plantings at Dutton Ranch did very well, ripening slowly and producing a wine with richness and finesse.
Yields were very low, leading to incredible natural concentration. Aromas of Lemon curd, orange oil, white flowers, Madagascar vanilla, and flint fill the glass. The palate has great volume, and is leavened by the beautiful natural acids this vineyard provides. The finish is long and round, with a sense of elegance holding sway.