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Fourth Estate 2014 Chardonnay
Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley


The warmth and consistency of the 2014 growing season helped create ripe and elegant Dutton Ranch designate Chardonnay, with appealing balance and minerality.

Fourth Estate 2013 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

Vintage:

2014
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Vineyards: We source from two vineyards on the Dutton Ranch property — Sullivan Vineyard, known for abundant fruit, and Mill Station Vineyard, known for minerality and structure. Both elements are present in the finished wine.
Average Brix
at Harvest:
24.9
Fermentation and Aging: Fermentation regime featured 100 percent malolactic conversion. Barrel aged for 14 months in 100% French oak, 50% of which was new (Boutes).
Alcohol: 14.2
Release Date: January 2016
Cases Produced: 100

Winemaker's Notes:
The wine features appealing notes of grapefruit and pear. Balanced acidity leaves room for this Dutton Ranch Chardonnay to evolve in the bottle.


Vintage characteristics:
The 2014 vintage produced low yields and high quality in Chardonnay grown in the Russian River Valley. Favorable conditions leading up to harvest allowed the grapes to ripen without excessive heat.


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