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2018 Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay

Green Valley of Russian River Valley

2018 Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay
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/ 750 ML bottle
SKU: 18CHWAL

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Green Valley of Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Dutton Ranch - Walker Hill Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 21, 2018
Acid
6.7 gm/Lit.
pH
3.32
Aging
18 months in French oak (50% new barrels)
Bottling Date
April 2020
Alcohol %
14.1
Connoisseurs' Guide
89
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This is a Chardonnay that is sure to win over committed non-Chardonnay fans. It’s beautifully intricate and balanced, with everything you want without too much of anything. The nose is a complex array of Meyer lemon, ripe pineapple, and apricot, with a touch of pear blossoms, toasted coconut, and cashew. In the mouth, blissful waves of lemon and key lime caress your palate, on a texture that’s the combination of lusciousness and freshness we love in the best Chardonnays. The finish is lively, long, and focused.
Vineyard Notes
The rudder in crafting Dutton-Goldfield wines is our endeavor to produce wines that our winemakers love to drink. We see no more reliable assessment, and besides, it covers our downside risk. Walker Chardonnay is a wine we hugely love to drink, and owes its existence to that fact. We’ve been producing wine from the old Wente vines up at Walker since 2006 for our Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, and the preponderance of the barrels still support that program. The block, planted in the early 1980s, is situated 500 vertical feet above Purrington Creek on fluffy Goldridge soil. The vines produce the tiny berries with thick skins we love from old Wente in Green Valley.
Winemaker Notes
This wine is such a pleasure to produce, other than the 6 months it seems to always take to complete its fermentations – ah, the beauty of old vine chard. We fermented half of the Walker with indigenous yeast, and hedged our bets on the other half with M2, a favorite inoculum. We combined the indigenous and M2 lots right after fermentation to create the blend in April 2019, then went back to barrel on primary lees again until bottling in April of 2020. We vary the barrels a bit for complexity in this wine, but focus on Seguin Moreau for its ginger notes, and Taransaud for the great structure and subtle toffee flavor. Walker is all about the lively, bright fruit, so care to stay out of its way is crucial.
Food Pairing Notes
Seafood makes a natural choice for pairing, from smoked trout salad to crab bread pudding, as well as roasted poultry like Chicken Dijon. It’s equally versatile with cheeses, from Humboldt Fog to Bellwether’s San Andreas.
Other Notes
97, Robert Whitley; 92, Planet Grape