Full Review

Dusk to Dawn

Dusk to Dawn
2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Pasta Pork Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$24.95
Cellar Selection

Dusk to Dawn
2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Pasta Pork Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
Clear light gold color. Aromas of matchstick, toasted marshmallow, diced apple, phyllo dough, citrus pith, and lemon curd with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a snappy lemon meringue pie and lime curd finish with soft, fruit tannins. A smoky chardonnay with subtle fruit.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: matchstick, toasted marshmallow, diced apple, phyllo dough, citrus pith, and lemon curd
Taste Flavor: lemon meringue pie and lime curd
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Poached Salmon with Lemon Butter , Spaghetti Carbonara, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A smoky chardonnay with subtle fruit.

The Producer

Purple Wine & Spirits Co.

The Producer
9119 Graton Rd
Graton, CA 95444
USA
1 707-829-6228

Their Portfolio

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85 Arius 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $18.99.
87 Arius 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $17.99.
91 Athenaeum 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $54.95.
94 Athenaeum 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $39.95.
87 Athenaeum 2015 Merlot, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $39.95.
90 Avalon 2013 "CAB", Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $12.99.
87 Avalon 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $19.99.
88 Avalon 2014 "CHARD", Chardonnay, California 13.8% (USA) $12.99.
93 Avalon 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County 14% (USA) $19.99.
92 Avalon 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County 14% (USA) $19.99.
86 Avalon 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
87 Avalon 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
88 Avalon 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
84 Avalon 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
90 BEX 2014 Riesling, Nahe 10% (Germany) $11.99.
86 Cabpothesis 2013 Old Vine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 13.8% (USA) $19.95.
89 Cabpothesis 2015 Old Vine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 13.8% (USA) $18.95.
89 Calista 2012 The Coast Range, Pinot Noir, California 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
90 Calista 2013 The Coast Range, Pinot Noir, California 14.5% (USA) $24.99.
84 Calista 2016 The Coast Range, Pinot Noir, Mendocino County-Monterey County-Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
85 Coastal Oak 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Coastal Oak 2012 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Coastal Oak 2012 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
82 Coastal Oak 2012 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Cryptic 2012 Red Wine, California 13.9% (USA) $14.99.
87 Donovan-Parke 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
84 Donovan-Parke 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
85 Donovan-Parke 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.0% (USA) $14.99.
86 Donovan-Parke 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
91 Donovan-Parke 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
89 Donovan-Parke 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.08% (USA) $15.95.
85 Donovan-Parke 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
87 Donovan-Parke 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $15.99.
87 Donovan-Parke 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, California 12.5% (USA) $15.99.
86 Donovan-Parke 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
86 Donovan-Parke 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
87 Donovan-Parke 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
84 Donovan-Parke 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.0% (USA) $15.95.
85 Donovan-Parke 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
89 Dusk to Dawn 2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.8% (USA) $29.95.
89 Dusk to Dawn 2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.3% (USA) $29.95.
85 Dusk to Dawn 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $24.95.
90 Dusk to Dawn 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 11% (USA) $23.99.
85 Flint & Steel 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $14.99.
84 Four Vines 2012 "Truant", Zinfandel, California 13.9% (USA) $11.99.
88 Four Vines 2012 "Biker", Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.8% (USA) $19.99.
84 Four Vines 2013 "Naked", Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County 13.9% (USA) $11.99.
84 Graton Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $8.99.
85 Graton Cellars 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
88 Graton Cellars 2012 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
84 Graton Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Kumbaya 2013 Red Blend, California 13.8% (USA) $11.99.
84 Lucky Star 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
87 Lucky Star 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
88 Lucky Star 2012 Petite Sirah, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
87 Lucky Star 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $11.99.
85 Lucky Star 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
85 Lucky Star 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
85 Lucky Star 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
88 Lucky Star 2014 Petite Sirah, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
89 Lucky Star 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
86 Lucky Star 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
86 Lucky Star 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
86 Lucky Star 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
86 Lucky Star 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
86 Main & Geary 2014 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $12.95.
87 Main & Geary 2013 Petite Sirah, California 14% (USA) $17.99.
88 Main & Geary 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $19.95.
89 Main & Geary 2012 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 14.8% (USA) $17.99.
83 Main & Geary 2013 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.2% (USA) $14.95.
92 Main & Geary 2014 Rosé, Pinot Noir, California 11.5% (USA) $19.95.
81 Main & Geary 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $14.95.
86 Main & Geary 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 11% (USA) $19.99.
89 Main & Geary 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast 14% (USA) $19.95.
85 Main & Geary 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14% (USA) $18.95.
89 Main & Geary 2016 Petite Sirah, Lodi 14% (USA) $17.95.
83 Main & Geary 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12% (USA) $14.95.
86 Main & Geary 2016 Pinot Noir, Central Coast 14% (USA) $19.95.
86 Marc Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.9% (USA) $10.99.
85 Marc Cellars 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
84 Marc Cellars 2013 Pinot Grigio, California 13.0% (USA) $8.99.
81 Marc Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
88 Marc Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Marc Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
87 Marc Cellars 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
87 Marlo 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $8.99.
88 Marlo 2012 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
90 Marlo 2012 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
86 Marlo 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
88 Marlo 2012 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
91 Moral Compass 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $19.95.
87 Moral Compass 2016 Red Wine Blend, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $19.95.
83 Pico & Vine 2013 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.1% (USA) $14.99.
89 Pico & Vine 2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $19.99.
88 Pico & Vine 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $19.99.
85 Pico & Vine 2013 Meritage, Napa County 14% (USA) $16.99.
81 Pico & Vine 2014 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.1% (USA) $14.99.
87 Pico & Vine 2014 Meritage, Napa County 14.5% (USA) $17.99.
88 Pico & Vine 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast 13.8% (USA) $17.99.
91 Raeburn 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $19.99.
89 Raeburn 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $16.95.
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85 Rampage 2012 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 14% (USA) $11.99.
84 Rampage 2012 Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
83 Randall Monroe 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
86 Randall Monroe 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Randall Monroe 2012 Zinfandel, California 14% (USA) $8.99.
86 Randall Monroe 2015 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
84 Randall Monroe 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
92 Scattered Peaks 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
88 Secret Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
92 Secret Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
85 Secret Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
91 Secret Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
86 Secret Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $13.99.
88 Secret Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $14.99.
90 Secret Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
88 Secret Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $14.99.
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85 Shiloh Road 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 14% (USA) $17.99.
84 Shiloh Road 2013 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $16.99.
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91 Shiloh Road 2014 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 13.8% (USA) $19.95.
87 StonD 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
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86 The Ringleader 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
84 The Ringleader 2012 Red Wine Blend, California 13.8% (USA) $8.99.
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87 Trailhead 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $35.95.
81 Trailhead 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $19.95.
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88 Twirl 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $12.99.
84 Twirl 2012 Red Wine Blend, California 13.8% (USA) $12.99.
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86 Twirl 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $13.95.
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84 Viva La Fruita NV Fruit Wine 10% (USA) $12.95.
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85 Zynthesis 2015 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 14% (USA) $19.95.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.