Friday, May 16, 2014
2011 LaRochelle Chardonnay Dutton Ranch Morelli Lane Russian River Valley
A simple mission in every bottle of LaRochelle "To make California's best, most interesting, most collectable Pinot Noir and Chardonnay." It's about ripe fruit, the perfect soil and the ability to showcase the vineyard.
Tasting LaRochelle reminds me to relax and enjoy the simple life yet feeling spoiled with every sip. The Dutton Ranch Chardonnay screams elegant palate pleaser!
The nose at first gave the impression of tropical fruit with a citrus kick. As the wine opened pear, apple, baking spice with hints of fresh orange peel and creme brulee. I love the rich nose on this chardonnay.
The mouth is full of juicy pear from start to finish. Apple with a hint of mandarin orange, vanilla with a nice spicy finish.Little hint of creamy caramel as well. Complex yet balanced. Nicely done Tom Stutz.
Stop by their tasting room 5443 Tesla Road Livermore Valley CA for some sips of LaRochelle goodness.