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Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2014

Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2014


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2014 was our third drought year in Russian River Valley, and the vines gave us beautifully ripe grapes once again. Budbreak was early, and the spring was dry and warm, with some late rain giving the vines all the water they needed. The ripening season was classic Russian River, with warm days and cool nights-and with no major heat spells, the fruit ripening was perfect to give us the lush tannins, bright berry fruit and bright acidity we love in our neighborhood. The wine shows rich, dense black cherry and blackberry fruit and nuances of strawberry, raspberry, and nutmeg in the nose. In the mouth, the first impression is fresh berry fruit, then the soft, broad tannins carry notes of marionberries, nutmeg and sandalwood through a lingering finish. Thanks partially to the moderate alcohol and bright acidity, the finish lingers with fresh cherry fruit and creamy berry compote. This is a wine that rewards a bit of breathing in the glass, and will certainly do the same with a few years in the cellar. As always, this wine has a broad range of food pairings, whether alone with some well chosen cheeses, richer fish preparations or a good old steak on the barbeque.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
Brand Dutton Goldfield
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
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Wine EnthusiastThis wine is put together from multiple vineyard sources, including the well-known Morelli Lane and Widdoes, all farmed by the Duttons. Larger in production than many of the vineyard-designates, it offers baked bread and juicy overtones of cranberry-raspberry layered atop luxuriously toasted oak. It'll show well at the table.

Virginie Boone, June 1, 2016