Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley, California

Our 2017 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir leads with a beautiful combination of sweet berries and woodsy spice, with black cherry, raspberry, and boysenberry aromas framed with violets, redwood brush, and cinnamon. In the mouth, the wine is both silky and lithe yet firm, with juicy sweet cherry and blackberry flavors edged with cranberry and spice box.

This crowd-pleaser of a wine matches with anything from a chunk of Manchego to mushroom pizza, or pasta to roasted guinea fowl or lamb kabobs.

The winter rains and mild summer weather made for beautiful canopies on our pinot vineyards in 2017, helping protect the grapes from the Labor Day weekend heat spike. Two of the core vineyards in the blend were picked in late August, the majority of the remainder came in the following week, with the last few harvested by the end of September.

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: 5.6 g/L pH: 3.54 Barrel Aging:  10 months in French oak (40% new barrels) Winemaker:  Dan Goldfield

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. Bush, Campbell, Galante, Emerald Ridge, Silva, Hallberg, Goff, Widdoes, 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 and Ruxton are high on Stoetz Ridge on the western edge of the Russian River Valley and offer 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. All of these vineyards are Sonoma County Certified Sustainable.

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

    "This is Dutton Goldfield’s entry level Pinot Noir made of a blend of Green Valley vineyard parcels and, as might be expected, it’s very fresh, easy drinking. There’s an abundance of red cherry fruit, good acidity, and a pleasing, firm backbone. Straightforward and delicious. This wine is a blend of eight different Russian River Valley vineyards, each separately fermented and then aged 10 months in 40% new barriques."

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    Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir
    Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, September 2018

    "From a selection of fine vineyards from throughout the appellation, this wine impresses in its stemmy earthy character of forest pine and fresh light-bodied juicy layers of strawberry, rhubarb and tangerine. This is a widely appealing wine that's balanced and bright."

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    Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir
    Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2018

    "The grapes for this wine are all from cooler Green Valley area, grown in Goldridge soils. It's exotically earthy and robust in red berry, citrus and rose, with a density to the body ripeness and elongated tannin."

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