Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley, California

This crowd-pleaser of a wine offers versatility in pairing, matching with anything from a chunk of aged Gouda to eggplant parmesan, pasta or pizza to roasted game birds or lamb.

Our 2016 season got off to an early start due to the mild winter. A cool summer followed, giving us a long season that allowed our Pinots to develop slowly, packing the berries with flavor. The long growing season also gave us Pinots with great acidity and balance.

The fruit is hand sorted prior to destemming then gravity fed into small open top fermenters where the must is then cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. We punch down up to 3 times daily, depending on the stage of the fermentation and the nature of the vineyard. Each vineyard block is fermented separately in order to maintain typicity, and to provide us with the most flexibility for blending. Our Pinots generally spend 14 to 20 days on the skins, according to the need of each fermentation. After fermentation, the individual lots are pressed and then racked into French oak barrels to age. We carefully blend our favorite lots in early spring. The final blend rests in barrel six months, marrying flavors and gaining complexity, until we bottle in August with minimal processing.

Alcohol:  13.5% Ta: 5.8 g/L pH: 3.60 Barrel Aging:  10 months in French oak (40% new barrels)

Dutton Ranch farms over eighty unique vineyards located in the coolest areas of the Russian River Valley, primarily in the Green Valley sub-appellation. The Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir blend represents our vision for the character of this special region: juicy berry fruit in both the nose and the mouth, solid structure with fine tannins, and alluring balance. Galante, Silva, Emerald Ridge, Widdoes, Martens, and Jentoft are all in the heart of Green Valley, and each contributes a unique variation of Green Valley fruit to heighten the complexity of the blend. Morelli Lane is high on Stoetz Ridge on the western edge of the Russian River Valley and offers a bit of warmer cherry fruit to the mix. Freestone is in the far southwestern corner of the appellation, and contributes its killer depth and spice to the base notes of the blend.

This would be an amazing match for mushroom crusted sturgeon, spice-rubbed duck, or Bellwether Farm’s Pepato cheese.

After three larger crop years, a cool and wet May in 2015 severely impacted our set this vintage, resulting in yields that were down nearly 50% in our pinot vineyards. The upside is that all that concentration was packed into the tiny clusters and berries that were produced.

The fruit is hand sorted prior to destemming into small open top fermenters, where the must is cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. We punch down up to 3 times daily, depending on the stage of the fermentation. Each vineyard, or block, is fermented separately in order to afford optimization of each according to its needs, and to provide us with the most flexibility for blending. Our Pinots generally spend 14 to 20 days on the skins, according to the need of each fermentation. After fermentation, the individual lots are pressed and then racked into French oak barrels to age. We carefully blend our favorite lots in early spring to allow the blend to marry. The final blend rests in barrel until late summer, when we bottle with minimal processing.

Alcohol:  13.5% Ta: 6.5 g/L pH: 3.57 Barrel Aging:  10 months in French oak (40% new barrels)

Dutton Ranch farms over eighty unique, separate vineyards located in the coolest areas of the Russian River Valley, primarily in the Green Valley sub-appellation, and our Dutton Ranch Pinot blend represents our vision for the character of this special region: juicy berry fruit in both the nose and the mouth, solid structure and fine tannins, and alluring balance. Galante, Silva, Emerald Ridge, Widdoes, Martens, and Jentoft are all in the heart of Green Valley, and each contributes their unique variation of Green Valley fruit to the complexity of the blend. Morelli Lane is high on the Ridge to the west of the Valley itself and offers a bit of warmer cherry fruit to the mix. Freestone is in the far southwestern corner of the Russian River appellation, and contributes its killer depth and spice to the low notes of the wine.

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2015 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir – Bottle

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2016 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir – Label

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