Full Review

Ledson

Ledson
2016 Dutton Ranch, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .08%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$44
Cellar Selection

Ledson
2016 Dutton Ranch, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .08%
Gold color. Aromas of orchard fruit, toasted brioche, and flint with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a long apple compote, whipped creme, and yuzu finish. A somewhat Burgundian Chardonnay with creamy oak and flinty mineral flare.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: orchard fruit, toasted brioche, and flint
Taste Flavor: apple compote, whipped creme, and yuzu
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A somewhat Burgundian Chardonnay with creamy oak and flinty mineral flare.

The Producer

Ledson Winery & Vineyard

The Producer
PO Box 653
Kenwood, CA 95452
USA
1 707-537-3810

Their Portfolio

89 Ledson 2013 Sangiovese, Knights Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
92 Ledson 2012 "Amy’s Vineyard", Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $54.00.
90 Ledson 2013 "Old Vine", Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
91 Ledson 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $44.00.
94 Ledson 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 15.3% (USA) $70.00.
93 Ledson 2013 Malbec, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $48.00.
90 Ledson 2013 "Gunsight", California 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
88 Ledson 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
92 Ledson 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
93 Ledson 2013 Estate Old Vine, Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
86 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
91 Ledson 2014 Estate Old Vine, Carignane, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
92 Ledson 2013 Tiamo Red Blend, Alexander Valley 15.3% (USA) $86.00.
94 Ledson 2013 Cepage Red Blend, Sonoma Valley 15.3% (USA) $86.00.
84 Ledson 2016 Pinot Rosé, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
92 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
89 Ledson 2016 Viognier, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
91 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
87 Ledson 2014 Sweet Ida May Late Harvest, Zinfandel, Redwood Valley 18% (USA) $50.00.
91 Ledson 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 14.5% (USA) $100.00.
89 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 15.3% (USA) $90.00.
86 Ledson 2014 Malbec, Dry Creek Valley 14.8% (USA) $56.00.
92 Ledson 2014 Moon Mountain Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma County 14.7% (USA) $72.00.
90 Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma Valley 14.7% (USA) $68.00.
92 Ledson 2014 Bellisimo Red Blend, Sonoma Valley 14.9% (USA) $86.00.
87 Ledson 2014 Reserve, Chardonnay, Carneros 14.2% (USA) $52.00.
90 Ledson 2014 Ricetti Lane Old Vine, Zinfandel, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
93 Ledson 2013 Century Vine Reserve, Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $68.00.
93 Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 14.7% (USA) $70.00.
89 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 15.3% (USA) $90.00.
91 Ledson 2014 Ti Amo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.9% (USA) $86.00.
90 Ledson 2015 Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.2% (USA) $42.00.
92 Ledson 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
88 Ledson 2014 Mes Trois Amours, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $48.00.
90 Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard, Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
89 Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
93 Ledson 2014 Cepage, Sonoma Valley 14.9% (USA) $86.00.
90 Ledson 2016 Estate Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $66.00.
92 Ledson 2015 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Howell Mountain 14.5% (USA) $56.00.
93 Ledson 2015 Baldocchi Old Vine, Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
87 Ledson 2016 Ricetti Lane, Grenache, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
88 Ledson 2014 Malbec, Dry Creek Valley 14.8% (USA) $48.00.
92 Ledson 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $94.00.
89 Ledson 2016 Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $60.00.
88 Ledson 2016 Valerie’s Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Carneros 14% (USA) $38.00.
91 Ledson 2016 Sangiacomo Vineyards, Chardonnay, Carneros 14% (USA) $52.00.
93 Ledson 2016 Dutton Ranch, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $44.00.
93 Ledson 2017 Grove Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14% (USA) $42.00.
84 Ledson 2015 Estate Old Vine, Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
92 Ledson 2015 Estate Old Vine, Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.

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.