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Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2015

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Good bright medium red. Very ripe, open-knit aromas of cherry, strawberry, brown spices and oak. Ripe, dry and nicely concentrated, with strong spicy lift to the cranberry and raspberry flavors. Supple, classically dry, firmly built pinot with a fine dusting of tannins and a lingering note of nutmeg.

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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

Member Reviews for Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir

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Vintage: 2013 11/01/2015

Four glasses


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Vintage: 2012 01/15/2015

Pretty “Pinot Noir Red” color in the glass, and by that I mean that I find the color of most PNs is not as dark as most other red wines. Very subtle nose hinting at cherry fruit and some violets. Quite soft on the palate. Some cherry fruit and, happily, some tartness. Little to no perceptible tannin. Satisfying aftertaste. Not a terribly complicated wine, but easy to drink.


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Vintage: 2012 06/25/2014

Good bright medium red. Very ripe, open-knit aromas of cherry, strawberry, brown spices and oak. Ripe, dry and nicely concentrated, with strong spicy lift to the cranberry and raspberry flavors. Supple, classically dry, firmly built pinot with a fine dusting of tannins and a lingering note of nutmeg.


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Vintage: 2012 09/19/2013

2011 vintage gave us an extraordinarily fresh and sleek Dutton Ranch Pinot. Though the fundamental bright berry core and silky Green Valley tannins are always part and parcel of this wine, there is a particularly vivid aromatic freshness this year, which carries through in its bright acid and low alcohol in the mouth. 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.


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Vintage: 2012 06/20/2014

Solidly focused on Pinot Noir cherries and full of youthful energy the aromas of this young and inviting effort are fairly direct and are nicely supported by a quiet layer of toasty oak. Medium-full in palatal weight and fairly rounded in style with enough acidity underneath to firm the wine up appropriately this one asks little more than drinking up now and over the next few years in the company of grilled steaks or chops. Connoisseurs Guide.


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Vintage: 2012 06/25/2014

This is the winery’s first Pinot of the vintage. Hence it’s a preview of their 2012s to come, and what promise it holds. The acidity is high and the alcohol is low, making for an elegant mouthfeel. But what’s especially pleasurable are the deep flavors of black cherries, blueberries, red currants and sandalwood. The wine is fine to drink now, and should hold in the bottle until 2022. What a superb barbecued steak pairing.


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Vintage: 2012 06/25/2014

For this wine, Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield draw on eight vineyards farmed by the Dutton family. The result is a classic Russian River pinot noir: sweet and spicy, warming yet fresh, with cherry-red fruit that’s fairly simple, but carries just enough savory nuance. The wine’s mildly astringent tannins could use another year or two to integrate; it will be delicious with a duck terrine.


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Vintage: 2011 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


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Vintage: 2011 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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