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Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir

Product Description

THE VINEYARDS

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.

WINEMAKING

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.

THE WINE

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. That density is apparent immediately in the nose of our 2015 Dutton Ranch

Pinot Noir, which shows particularly lavish black raspberry aromas fringed with sweet

violets and savory brambles. The plushness is heady, making you want to curl into the

glass and luxuriate. The raspberry notes continue in your first mouth-coating juicy sip,

riding on a wave of satin. Layers of black cherry and cedar brush reveal themselves as the

wine sits in the glass. The sultry finish ends with a touch of blueberry and nutmeg. This

would be an amazing match for mushroom crusted sturgeon, spice-rubbed duck, or

Bellwether Farm’s Pepato cheese.

Specification
Name Value
Height 11.60
Width 3.15
Depth 3.15
Weight 2.945
Safety Warning
Contains sulfites. Government Warning: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.
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