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Spring Release Highland Divide Chardonnay

Winemaker’s Notes

The Chardonnay wines from 2020 rank alongside 2013, 2015, and 2017 as the finest in recent years. They show impressive intensity alongside obvious natural density as a result of the tiny crop the vines produced in this early, dry season. Our new vintage of Highland Divide shows this character most clearly in its beautiful deep flavor and broad, layered texture. 

A vineyard blend combining three of our finest long-term sources, this wine is a product of mature vines grown on shallow upland soils that drive the vines to work hard in such dry conditions. The thick skins from these small-berried “old heritage clones” combine with vibrant acidity to set the stage for a dramatic wine full of classic DuMOL concentration and intensity.  

Morelli provides the base of the wine with its chewy density and deep texture; this is framed by the taut acidity and savory cut of Jentoft; Heintz adds elegant softness and length. The combination flows beautifully—seamless and integrated, this wine can develop greater complexity in bottle for a decade from release. 

Aromas of intense citrus, flint, and thyme open to richer orchard fruits, melon, and spearmint. The wine’s character is pure, focused, and dynamic. There’s immediate richness, volume, and texture as the wine expands impressively. White peach and candied lemon notes are offset by saline acidity and ocean breeze freshness. The wine finishes with a clean botanical note and lingering citrus oil intensity. Really impressive character and quality. Sealed under Diam cork. Serve at 58°F—chilled but not cold—and drink between 2022 and 2032.

Andy Smith

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Highland Divide Chardonnay  - DuMOL


46% Dutton Ranch Morelli Lane Vineyard

28% Dutton Ranch Jentoft Vineyard

26% Charles Heintz Vineyard

Harvest Date

August 21st, September 8th & 10th


Russian River Valley


Mt Eden, Old Wente & #4

Age of Vines at Harvest

39 years

Barrel Aging

Barrel fermented and aged 11 months in 30% new French oak followed by three months settling in tank. Complete malolactic fermentation.


1050 cases of 750mL


95 The Wine Advocate, July 2022
94 Jeb Dunnuck, August 2022