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Kutch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017

Kutch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017

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"Kutch's 2017 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) is a pretty, supple wine with lovely orchard and tropical fruit flavors. The Sonoma Coast Chardonnay emerges from own-rooted, dry-farmed vineyards on the Bohan ranch planted in 1972, so it is not surprising this is a fairly rich, phenolic style that favors structure and savoriness more than overt fruit. There is so much to like in this decidedly old school-leaning Chardonnay. I tasted the 2017 from tank just prior to bottling. Today I have a slight preference for the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay over the Trout Gulch. Don't miss it.  Drinking window: 2020-2027. 92-94 points

It's hard to believe Jamie Kutch is gearing up for his fifteenth harvest. I still remember when Kutch was leaving his finance job in New York to pursue his dream of making world-class Pinot Noir in Sonoma. Time really does fly. This is a stellar set of wines that shows just how compelling 2017 is for Sonoma's Burgundian varieties. Over the last few years Kutch has begun to deleaf a little more in order to achieve more ripeness in the field. If that sounds surprising, it shouldn't be. The reality is that many young producers once associated with the 'IPOB' movement have gradually and quietly moved away from the extremes of the past towards an idea of ripeness that lies closer to the center, which, after all, is where balance - admittedly a tenuous concept - is most likely to be found."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (05/19)