Established in 1988, Patz & Hall embodies the shared vision and collective expertise of four friends - Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz. Together, this dedicated team of individuals has turned a desire to craft benchmark, single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs into one of California's most celebrated artisan wineries.
The nose of this wine offers penetrating high-tone floral and tropical notes with a beautiful spicy element. The use of a little more wild yeast in '09 has also accentuated layers of hazelnut, graham cracker and peach cobbler in the aromatics. On the palate, this is one of the richest and most deeply textured expressions of Dutton Ranch Chardonnay we have produced, highlighting lush flavors of peach, pear, green apple and marzipan. A product of another exceptional growing season, this wine balances the flamboyant character often associated with a warmer vintage, with the bright acidity and sleek minerality more common in cooler years.
A strong, insistent Chardonnay, brimming with oak, acidity and very ripe tangerine, pineapple, Asian pear, lime and honey flavors. It's dry and tart, with a mineral edge. Should develop for a few years.
International Wine Cellar
Lemon drop, minerals and a note of white jasmine on the fresh but restrained nose. Juicy and nicely delineated, with a lovely light touch and lively acidity to the citrus, mineral and floral flavors. Concentrated, saline and persistent...