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Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2011

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90 points Wine & Spirits: This wine's complexity is immediately apparent, but it comes off as hard-edged when first poured. With air, the toughness of the structure begins to rustle toward fruit, still chewy, now relieved by cool scents of kelp and spice. This should reward with cellar time. (Apr 2013)

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Dutton-Goldfield Winery:
ABOUT DUTTON-GOLDFIELD Dutton-Goldfield Winery began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them—to craft wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate vineyards, and which they'd enjoy drinking at their own dinner tables. A fifth-generation farmer, Steve grew up with a love ... Read more
ABOUT DUTTON-GOLDFIELD Dutton-Goldfield Winery began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them—to craft wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate vineyards, and which they'd enjoy drinking at their own dinner tables. A fifth-generation farmer, Steve grew up with a love of driving tractors, and without any doubt about his future career. His father, Warren Dutton, had begun growing grapes in the western reaches of Russian River Valley in the mid-1960s, at a time when most people thought the area was too cool to grow fruit for quality still wine. Steve started working with his father when he was five years old, and joined Dutton Ranch full-time in 1987. Today, along with his mother and brother, he manages the family business, which has grown from its original 35-acre home shop vineyard to over 80 separate vineyards comprising more than 1,000 acres throughout western Russian River Valley. After graduating from Boston's Brandeis University, Dan headed west to begin a career in research chemistry, with a few detours for skiing and hiking on the way. Always an outdoor enthusiast, the life of lab work was quickly replaced with a dream of winemaking when his brother turned him on to the 1969 Burgundies. Dan entered the University of California at Davis, graduating with an M.S. in Enology in 1986. He gained knowledge on the job with stints at Robert Mondavi Winery and Schramsberg as well as winemaking in Portugal for two years. He found his passion in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, first as the winemaker at the Burgundian-focused La Crema Winery, and then at Hartford Court, which was created under his direction. Dan's appreciation for the beauty of the extraordinary landscape around our home is reflected in his winemaking. THE WINES Pinot Noir is all about eliciting the flavors of the piece of earth from which it comes. We have the privilege of sourcing fruit from a spectacular array of vineyards throughout western Russian River Valley and beyond, many of which Steve and Dan worked together to plant. From our favorite Dutton Ranch parcels, we select the vineyards that will blend together to become a quintessential Russian River pinot. We then choose a few special sites that epitomize their terroir to bottle in limited-production single-vineyard wines. In all our pinots, our goal is to create wines of balance and individuality that speak about their home. The distinctive character of the land truly comes through in wines from the old, cold, dry-farmed chardonnay vineyards of Green Valley. Warren Dutton was the first to plant chardonnay in the coldest areas of the western Russian River in the mid-60s, giving Dutton Ranch a choice collection of vineyards today. From these, we select sites that give us wines with a vibrant citrus core, focused fruit, great richness and solid acidity, even after full barrel and malolactic fermentation. Syrah and Zinfandel express themselves beautifully in our cold part of the world. Our climate gives these wines bright fruit, silky tannins and moderate alcohol. Open top fermentation and aging in the finest French oak enhances their natural suppleness, complexity and balance. Dutton-Goldfield’s mission is to craft world-class wines that display the brightness of fruit, complexity, structure and balance that are reflective of our cool coastal home. Tasting Room open daily, 10am to 4pm Read less

External Reviews for Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
02/20/2013

Red berries combined with black cherry fruit in the nose is underlain with candied rhubarb and a hint of sandalwood and cinnamon. In the mouth, the cherry flavors are carried through on the wonderfully fine tannins--like warm cherry vanilla ice cream in a glass.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/12/2013

It would not surprise us to find this winery among the leading producers in 2011. The lighter wines of the vintage are going to fit Dutton Goldfields preferred style, and this bottling follows right in step. It is medium-full-bodied, full of bright,... Connoisseurs Guide. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2011 Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

It would not surprise us to find this winery among the leading producers in 2011. The lighter wines of the vintage are going to fit Dutton Goldfield s preferred style and this bottling follows right in step. It is medium-full-bodied full of bright lively fruit and hangs onto its racy impressions from first to last. Its sleek red cherry focus makes it a fine choice now for service with tangy seafoods yet it has enough inner stuffing to grow for a few years yet. Connoisseurs Guide.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/22/2013

Young and oaky with elegant and understated fruit that is more pleasant than striking offering ripe plum and black cherry flavors that emerge slowly. Drink now through 2019. -JL Wine Spectator. This Pinot Noir has deep flavors of cherry and persim... Wine Spectator A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2011 2011 Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Young and oaky with elegant and understated fruit that is more pleasant than striking offering ripe plum and black cherry flavors that emerge slowly. Drink now through 2019. JL Wine Spectator.



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90 points Wine & Spirits: This wine's complexity is immediately apparent, but it comes off as hard-edged when first poured. With air, the toughness of the structure begins to rustle toward fruit, still chewy, now relieved by cool scents of kelp and spice. This should reward with cellar time. (Apr 2013)

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