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Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Green Valley Dutton Ranch Fox Den 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

It's classic Green Valley: vivid berries, super fresh, deep and nuanced. While this is not our coldest vineyard (Devil's and Freestone would take that honor), it has the highest natural acidity of our Pinots, which along with the perfectly resolved tannins of the vintage, supports a wine of exceptional freshness and structure. The wine leads with aromas of dense, juicy raspberry, with notes of sassafras and rhubarb. The longer it sits in the glass the more concentrated it becomes, while still holding its essential brightness. In the mouth, its flavors are mouth-coating, starting with sour cherry, raspberry and blueberry, and followed by cherry and sassafras on the long, sweet, persistent finish. The wine is striking for its wonderful combination of richness and freshness. Its concentration and depth lets it stand up to hearty meat dishes, while its intricacy has it just as at home with a piece of tuna or a snack of bread and fresh cheeses.

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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 Pinot Noir Green Valley Dutton Ranch Fox Den

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Bright, saturated red with ruby highlights. Reticent aromas of blueberry, sassafras and wild herbs, with a light resiny nuance. Supple and creamy but shapely, with nicely integrated acidity giving shape to this very young pinot. Sappy, extract-ric... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2009 Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch - Fox Den Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
10/15/2011

We're absolutely thrilled with the inaugural vintage of our new Green Valley superstar. Classic Green Valley-vivid berries, super fresh, deep and nuanced. While not our coldest vineyard (Devil s and Freestone would take that honor), it has the highest natural acidity of our Pinots, which along with perfectly resolved tannins of the 2009 vintage, supports a wine of exceptional freshness and structure.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/30/2011

Shows the elegantly crisp, almost austere structure of the winery's 2009s, courtesy of the cool vintage. Tight at first in acids and tannins, as it warms it gives off deep layers of sour cherries, cola, pomegranates and rhubarbs, all of them dry, ear... Wine Enthusiast. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2009 Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch - Fox Den Vineyard 750ml


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

Bright saturated red with ruby highlights. Reticent aromas of blueberry sassafras and wild herbs with a light resiny nuance. Supple and creamy but shapely with nicely integrated acidity giving shape to this very young pinot. Sappy extract-rich flavors of raspberry herbs and earthy spices lead to an classically dry and very savory finish. Conveys a strong impression of soil character that goes well beyond mere fruitiness. Stephen Tanzers IWC.



It's classic Green Valley: vivid berries, super fresh, deep and nuanced. While this is not our coldest vineyard (Devil's and Freestone would take that honor), it has the highest natural acidity of our Pinots, which along with the perfectly resolved tannins of the vintage, supports a wine of exceptional freshness and structure. The wine leads with aromas of dense, juicy raspberry, with notes of sassafras and rhubarb. The longer it sits in the glass the more concentrated it becomes, while still holding its essential brightness. In the mouth, its flavors are mouth-coating, starting with sour cherry, raspberry and blueberry, and followed by cherry and sassafras on the long, sweet, persistent finish. The wine is striking for its wonderful combination of richness and freshness. Its concentration and depth lets it stand up to hearty meat dishes, while its intricacy has it just as at home with a piece of tuna or a snack of bread and fresh cheeses.

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