Sunday, April 6, 2014

Review: ****+ $$$$ Frisson Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2012

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Dutton Ranch Chardonnay.  Click here to buy Frisson Chardonnay from the winery.

By way of background, opening thoughts:  Frisson Wines represents a young Napa Valley label, built by Terry Davis, a retired businessman hailing from Texas, with the supporting expertise of Wayne Donaldson, winemaker.  Donaldson's built his career in such winemaking hotbeds as Australia, France, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as California.  Today, the Frisson line includes cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc varietals.

Original tasting and review : This is Frisson Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2012, finished at 14.3% alcohol.  Tasting sample was provided by a representative of the winery.

In the glass: Clear with a light vanilla/yellow cast.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows rich pear and crisp apple with tiny hints of citrus and stainless steel.  From the aroma, seems like this will be tropical and high-pitched in style.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact very much sleeker and more layered than anticipated, bringing waves of soft, perfectly balanced stone fruit forward. Chewy - but not oaky - apple crumble and off-dry butterscotch create initial impressions of flavor.  Rather than acid, a sleek minerality lifts the fruits into your cheeks for a modest length, clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates a difficult-to-attain four stars with a plus for its plush balance on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Dutton Ranch Chardonnay.  Click here to buy Frisson Chardonnay from the winery.

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