Goldschmidt Vineyards

2017 Singing Tree Reserve Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Availablity

22 in stock

Price:
$42.00
Availablity

22 in stock

Appearance pale gold
Aromas melon, lemon custard, macadamia nut, vanilla bean, chalk, honeysuckle
Palate pineapple, honeycomb, lemongrass, bright acidity, lingering finish
Food Pairing Suggestions
raw and/or cooked seafood, poultry in creamy sauces, spring salads, fresh or sharp cheeses
Composition

100% Chardonnay, planted in 1974

Alcohol
14.4%
Aging Potential
Enjoy now through 2030 and beyond
Accolades

97 points North Coast Wine Challenge; 91 pts Tasting Panel


Vineyard
Dutton Ranch Mill Station
About The Vineyard

Mill Station lies in a very cool area of Sonoma County and lends a distinct minerality and structural backbone to the wines produced here. The vineyard was planted by Warren Dutton in 1974.


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. The factors that define a quality Chardonnay vineyard are numerous, but Nick Goldschmidt believes matching varietal and rootstock to the right vineyard site yields the most flavorful grapes. High quality grapes grow only under certain optimum soil conditions, including a balance of nutrients within certain clays. These clay minerals play a critical role, as they can retain water and act as harbors for nutrients better than other soil types. Clays that offer slow nutrient transfer to grape vine plants are preferred.


Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt has been working with the Dutton Ranch fruit since 1990.


“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.” – Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt


Winemaker Notes

“Shortly after harvest, ribbons of starlings swarm acrobatically above Sonoma County and feast on the last of the fallen grapes. At dusk, they settle into trees that surround the vineyard and, in that moment, the trees sing. This Chardonnay croons intensely beautiful, bright, melodic notes of lemon peach and honeysuckle” – Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt


Aging: 18 months

Barrels: 6 total, French (1) Francois Freres oak barrel, new (5) Seguin Moreau, neutral

Toast: Medium-plus

Stirring the lees: adds nuance and structure


This wine is unfiltered.


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Nick Goldschmidt wines

Winemaker:

Nick Goldschmidt

About the Winemaker:

Nick Goldschmidt is one of the world’s most respected winemakers with over 25 years experience. A native of New Zealand, he graduated with a Distinction in Horticulture and went on to study and work in Australia at notable wineries including Kumeu River, Coopers Creek and Babich. He gathered additional winemaking experience in California and South America, including his first harvest in Chile as winemaker for Calitera. An opportunity with Simi Winery arose in 1990, following a casual meeting with famed Winemaker Zelma Long. With that, Nick and his wife Yolyn settled in Healdsburg, CA. What began as a six month commitment led to 15 years with Simi Winery, where Nick, who became Vice President and Chief Winemaker in 1996, was one of the driving forces that brought the Simi Reserve Cabernet program to notoriety.
About the Winery
Goldschmidt Vineyards
Winemaker and Co-Founder of Goldschmidt Vineyards, Nick Goldschmidt brings a unique global perspective to his winemaking. A native of New Zealand, he graduated with a Distinction in Horticulture and went on to study and work in Australia at notable wineries including Kumeu River, Coopers Creek and Babich.
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