Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Emerald Ridge Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley, California

Tasting Notes

The 2016 vintage of our Emerald Ridge Pinot is especially focused and lively, beautifully showcasing its Green Valley roots.

The salty, tangy notes of an aged goat cheddar bring out the sweet fruit in the wine, as does a savory smoky glazed ham, or mushroom bruschetta.

After hand sorting and destemming each block into small open top fermenters, the must is cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. Each clone is treated individually: the Pommard/2A block needs the gentlest handling given its highly tannic nature, while the 828 generally likes the longest time in the fermenter to enhance its floral aromatics. The lots are punched down between 1 and 3 times per day depending on the stage of fermentation and character of the lot. The blend was put together in May of 2017, then sent back to barrel until its bottling in April of 2018. Taransaud barrels provide weight and richness, Hermitage barrels bring spice (think blueberry cobbler), while Fouquet chimes in with a little extra sweetness.

Alcohol:  13.8% Ta:  5.8 g/L pH:  3.53 Barrel Aging:  Aged 16 months in French oak (50% new barrels) Winemaker:  Dan Goldfield Cases Produced:  798

We love making this wine more and more every year. It exemplifies our favorite Green Valley Pinot Noir characters with its core of berry fruit, solid structure and acidity, silky tannins, and an evolving nature in the glass. The vineyard is situated on an east-facing knoll the middle of Green Valley. In 2001, Steve planted its perfectly drained Goldridge sandy loam soil to several Pinot clonal blocks. Dan has chosen to use three to consider for this special offering: the mixed block of Pommard and 2A, which produces deep, dark and chewy wine (there’s always something special about mixed clone fermentations); the 667 block, which adds focus and precise berry fruit; and the 828 block, providing ebullient freshness and solid structure. This year the wine was constructed from sixteen barrels each of the 828 and 2A/Pommard blocks, to provide us a wine with the crystalline fruit focus and luscious pleasure that we adore from this neighborhood.

The bright and dark nature of the wine make it a great match for dishes like roasted pheasant, gnocchi in a pesto sauce, or grilled swordfish.

Our Emerald Ridge Vineyard wasn’t hit quite so hard by the wet May weather, so our yields were better than at many of our Pinot sites closer to the coast, but was still down about 20% from 2014. That extra concentration of energy to fewer grapes gave us an even more packed Emerald Ridge Pinot this vintage.

After hand sorting and destemming each block into small open top fermenters, the must is cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. Each clone is treated individually: the Pommard/2A block needs the gentlest handling given its highly tannic nature, while the 828 generally likes the longest time in the fermenter to enhance its floral aromatics. The lots are punched down between 1 and 3 times per day depending on the stage of fermentation and character of the lot. The blend was put together in March of 2016, then sent back to barrel until its bottling in February of 2017. Taransaud barrels provide weight and richness, Hermitage barrels bring spice (think blueberry cobbler), while Fouquet chimes in with a little extra sweetness.

Alcohol:  13.8% Ta:  6.4 g/L pH:  3.61 Barrel Aging:  Aged 16 months in French oak (50% new barrels)

We love making this wine more and more every year. It exemplifies our favorite Green Valley Pinot Noir characters with its core of berry fruit, solid structure and acidity, silky tannins, and an evolving nature in the glass. The vineyard is situated on an east-facing knoll the middle of Green Valley. In 2001, Steve planted its perfectly drained Goldridge sandy loam soil to several Pinot clonal blocks. Dan has chosen to use three to consider for this special offering: the mixed block of Pommard and 2A, which produces deep, dark and chewy wine (there’s always something special about mixed clone fermentations); the 667 block, which adds focus and precise berry fruit; and the 828 block, providing ebullient freshness and solid structure. This year the wine was constructed from twelve barrels each of the 828 and 2A/Pommard blocks, to provide us a wine with the crystalline fruit focus and luscious pleasure that we adore from this neighborhood.

Tasting Notes

The nose is enveloping with its blueberry and blackberry jam notes, highlighted by touches of violets and wisteria, and a light candied caramel quality. In the mouth, the wine is equally rich and decadent, with the berries riding on a wave of satin. Spicy notes of sandalwood and toffee linger on the rich fruit finish.

Herb rubbed quail or mushroom risotto would be a great match, as would a peppercorn chevre that echoes the savory/sweet nature of the wine.

The 2014 season gave us the most physiologically ripe grapes we’ve ever seen. The early budbreak and veraison led to an early harvest, bringing in all the blocks from Emerald between August 25 and September 10. The wines from this vintage are especially rich and ripe, and the Emerald Ridge Pinot may be the poster child for that.

After hand sorting and destemming each block into small open top fermenters, the must is cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. Each clone is treated individually: the Pommard/2A block needs the gentlest handling given its highly tannic nature, while the 828 generally likes the longest time in the fermenter to enhance its floral aromatics. The lots are punched down between 1 and 3 times per day depending on the stage of fermentation, and character of the lot. The blend was put together in May of 2015, then sent back to barrel just bottling in August of 2015 to capture the bright, fresh juiciness of this vintage. This year we loved the floral spice of Cadus Allier barrels, and the solid bass notes of Taransaud for our Emerald Ridge.

Alcohol:  13.9% Ta:  6.0 g/L pH:  3.67 Barrel Aging:  Aged 10 months in French oak (50% new barrels)

We love making this wine more and more every year. It exemplifies our favorite Green Valley Pinot Noir characters with its core of berry fruit, solid structure and acidity, silky tannins, and an evolving nature in the glass. The vineyard is situated on an east facing knoll the middle of Green Valley. In 2001, Steve planted its perfectly drained Gold Ridge sandy loam soil to several Pinot clonal blocks. Dan has chosen to use three to consider for this special offering: the mixed block of Pommard and 2A, which produces deep, dark and chewy wine (there’s always something special about mixed clone fermentations); the 667 block, which adds focus and precise berry fruit; and the 828 block, providing ebullient freshness and solid structure. This luxurious blending flexibly has enabled our archetype Green Valley Pinot offering. This year the wine was constructed from twelve barrels of the 828 block, ten of the 2A/Pommard, and four of the 667, to provide us a wine with the crystalline fruit focus and luscious pleasure that we adore from this neighborhood.

  • 93

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    Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Emerald Ridge Pinot Noir
    Don Winkler, International Wine Review, March 2018

    "The Emerald Ridge Vineyard is planted to several Pinot Noir clones, each of which is cold soaked for 5 days before fermenting and then aging in 50 percent new oak, followed by blending the following spring and a return to the barriques. This is one of our favorites from Dutton Goldfield with effusive scents of red cherry and raspberry that carry over to a silky, nicely concentrated palate. It’s a wonderfully balanced wine with just a touch of vanilla oak that will become fully integrated after a little more time in bottle. Yields were down about 20% relative to 2014."

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  • 94

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    Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Emerald Ridge Pinot Noir
    Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, August 2018

    "High toned in a rose petal aroma, the palate of this wine is bright in acidity yet medium in build and complex. The concentration of the vintage is on full display in velvety layers of raspberry and strawberry coated in nutmeg and Asian spice."

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