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Spring Release Highland Divide Chardonnay

Winemaker’s Notes

Our new vintage of Highland Divide Chardonnay (the evolution of our Russian River Valley Chardonnay) comprises a blend of grapes from two of our world-class vineyard sites, situated between 300 and 800 feet in elevation in the tenderloin section of the Green Valley ridgeline. Morelli Vineyard, perched high in the mild “Occidental Highlands” district, delivers base richness, depth of flavor and texture while a small 1.5-acre block at our O’Connell Estate adds focus, acidity and length.

This is not just a mixing of vineyards and barrels; there’s great equilibrium in this special assembly. This release matches our single-vineyard designate Chardonnays for quality and is among the richest Chardonnays of the vintage.

This wine displays the wonderful combination of glycerin and vibrancy naturally achieved in these coastal sandstone soils and benevolent, foggy climate. It’s a deeply concentrated, beautifully textured wine from the lowest-yielding chardonnay vintage in 20+ years, and is a perfect representation of our refined house style: rich yet vibrant, power offset by intensity, precision, length and detail.

The wine shows toast, mineral and slate aromas with notes of apple and pear opening to honeyed citrus, thyme blossom, with fennel and lemongrass freshness. The deeply concentrated palate of orchard fruits and apricot preserve reveals a lovely flinty mid-palate character with spearmint and botanicals. Fine persistent length with lots of nuance and detail. Drink it soon after release or age it for up to five years.

Andy Smith

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Highland Divide Chardonnay  - DuMOL


67% Dutton Ranch Morelli Lane Vineyard

33% DuMOL O’Connell Estate Vineyard

Harvest Date

August 29th


Russian River Valley


Old Wente and Mt Eden

Age of Vines at Harvest

21 years

Barrel Aging

Barrel fermented and aged 11 months in 30% new french oak followed by three months settling in tank; complete malolactic fermentation


974 cases of 750mL
24 cases of 1.5L
24 bottles of 3L