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Review: Dutcher Crossing 2019 Chenoweth Vineyard Chardonnay and 2018 Maple Vineyard Zinfandel

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We’ve tried Dutcher Crossing before, however not the whole lot from this smaller, Sonoma primarily based producer, which provides a spread of wines from numerous vineyards. That is our first expertise with Dutcher’s Chardonnays (they produce a number of, typically highlighting grapes drawn from single vineyards) in addition to one in every of their Zinfandels.

2019 Dutcher Crossing Chenoweth Winery Russian River Valley Chardonnay – It is a nice instance of Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley area, hitting on all cylinders. It pours golden yellow in coloration and provides notes of recent butter, golden scrumptious apple, and a contact of lemon on the nostril. On the palate it actually comes alive, hitting first with vibrant acidity adopted by juicy lemon, pear, honeysuckle, and mild, oaky butter, all coupled with a creamy mouthfeel. Gentle, golden scrumptious apple follows together with a contact of black pepper, and minerality enters on the medium to lengthy end. It is a flavorful, advanced wine that demonstrates an amazing stability between notes of fruit, acidity, and oak. For followers of California Chardonnay, it’s a winner. A- / $45

2018 Dutcher Crossing Maple Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – 91% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah. It is a daring glass of crimson wine. Inky purple, nearly black within the glass, Dutcher’s Maple Winery Zinfandel is fleshy and fruity on the nostril, exuding raspberry and blueberry pie notes, together with a contact of nutmeg and clove. The palate follows swimsuit, pretty exploding with fruit, together with plum, blueberry, and blackberry. Nutmeg and cinnamon seem mid-palate providing good complexity, and the wine finishes with gentle, drying tannins and bittersweet chocolate. Huge but advanced, this Zinfandel is surprisingly approachable for a wine that has a lot occurring. A / $50

2018 Dutcher Crossing Maple Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

$50

Score


9.5/10

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