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WTN: 2001 Patz & Hall "Dutton Ranch" Chardonnay

by Sam Platt » Sun Aug 20, 2006 12:09 pm

2001 Patz & Hall "Dutton Ranch" Chardonnay

Color: Dark yellow-gold.

Nose: Zippy citrus, berry and perhaps some mint (?) mixed in.

Taste: Ultra silky mouth feel. Deeply concentrated white fruit, lemon and mixed citrus. Beautifully balanced and complex. Lingering creamy finish with hints of honey.

This wine was as near to a perfect Cal Chard as I have ever tasted. Not a trace of overpowering oak, or butter that can irritate the heck out me with respect to Chard offerings from the coast. Not a great match with the tomato salad appitizer, but the wine stood on its own very well. Simply outstanding.

I picked it up in '03 on a recommendation for a Chard that would improve with age. Wish I had more to see how it evolves over the next few years.
Sam

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