94pointsThe Calling 2016 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)
Luxurious in green olive, peach and lemon, this is a complex, compelling vineyard-designate that's well made and in balance. It offers a sophisticated palate of toasted oak spice that complements the fruit and adds a spark to the whole.
Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and Sonoma Magazine, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond.
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