Goldschmidt Vineyards 2016 Singing Tree Dutton Reserve Chardonnay
Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA
Summer 2020 Wine Club Selection (Limited Quantities Remain)
- Color: bright golden yellow
- Aromas: meyer lemon, vanilla, honeysuckle, banana, nectarine
- Palate: crisp and balanced acidity, Fuji apple, tropical fruit
RegionRussian River Valley, Sonoma, CA
AgeabilityReady to enjoy now!
The rolling hills and gentle slopes near the town of Sebastopol were once home to apple orchards filled with songbirds. By the early 1990’s, though, most of the orchards were replanted with grapes. It is here along the banks of Atascadero Creek that veteran winemaker Nick Goldschmidt finds himself evaluating the 2016 harvest:
“Chardonnay is great to work-with, as the range of styles is very broad and permits a lot of flexibility. The Mill Station site on Poplar Way allows me to create a Chardonnay with lush, alluring flavors and bright acidity. I just love this vineyard.”
Singing Tree Dutton is Nick Goldschmidt’s rendition for cool climate Chardonnay. Sourced from this world-famous vineyard, the wine dazzles with personality and refinement. Mill Station lies in a very cool area of Sonoma County and lends a distinct minerality and structural backbone to the wines produced here.
After four years of drought the 2016 growing season started with abundant and consistent rainfall. A warmer and milder 2015 winter caused an early bud break. Over the summer, the vineyards saw beautiful warm days with many cool foggy evenings. June and July were generally milder without experiencing extended heat spikes or long duration heat events. August was much cooler than usual though, and this cooler weather cycle slowed the harvest process and resulted in increased hang times for fruit. The grapes showed amazing ripeness and greater layers of flavors without excess or exaggerated sugar levels. Warm weather returned and harvest came very fast. There’s a wonderful purity of fruit and the wines are already showing a really enticing floral perfume.
Aged 6 months total in French and neutral oak