Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Marin County Devil's Gulch 2005

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Notes on the Dutton-Goldfield Mcdougall Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2005 : PINOT REPORT REVIEW: 94 POINTS Medium ruby color; deep, complex red cherry aromas with lots of spicy notes; ripe and deep, with red cherry, spice and some forest floor flavors; sweet oak; great structure and balance; long finish. Deep and complex, this Pinot would really sing with a mushroom chicken or pork dish. 132 cases made.WINE ENTHUSIAST REVIEW: 92 POINTS From the translucent, see-through ruby color to the intricate cola, cherry and toasted coconut flavors, this delicately powerful in a Burundian way. Fells silky and light-bodied in the mouth, but there's nothing scanty about the wine's powerful intensity of fruit, spice and oak. Best now and for a couple of years. Wine Enthusiast August 2007 S.H.NVWE NOTES: Powerfully constructed, young and slow to unfold, this brilliant Pinot needs airing to fully reveal its class and distinctive personality. It is a wine with deep secrets, offering a gutsy, but surprisingly harmonious mix of dark cherry, boysenberry, dried orange, dry red rose, powdered sumac, leather, smoke, and minerals. A similar impression of masculine power, savory spice and lovely fruitiness graces the mid-palate and the extremely long finish. Certain to improve for at least five more years and probably eight or ten, it is a wine worth the wait. In the near-term, if opened in the afternoon, it can already provide great pleasure at dinner time.DUTTON-GOLDFIELD MCDOUGALL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST 2005

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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 Pinot Noir Marin County Devil's Gulch

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Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
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5.00 5
12/17/2007

This is a terrific Pinot Noir. From a cool hillside vineyard at the far western edge of the Russian River AVA - barely in the climatic range of grape-growing feasibility - it requires the right set of conditions to ripen properly. But it must have done so in 2005 since this is a rich, unusually complex, Burgandian-style Pinot Noir. Captivating perfume of ripe cherry, black raspberry, and a melange of spices and floral notes; still tannic but with a velvety, regal, mouth-coating feel. Outstanding length and depth. Low in alcohol for a California Pinot, yet seamless and full from start to extended finish - a great combination of grace and power. Expensive, but exceptionally high quality


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
07/02/2007

Loved this Sonoma Coast wine, with its distinctive notes of earth and truffles amid the red berries.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
07/02/2007

Spiciest of their wines tasted, with abundant pepper and clove serving as companion to the rich raspberry and cherry.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
07/02/2007

High-toned raspberry and cherry aromas and flavors. Rich and silky. Very elegant wine.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.50 5
07/02/2007

Silky wine with blackberry, black cherry, and raspberry flavors. Floral aromas add a nice approachability to the wine.


Snooth User: PrezCOF
15962940
5.00 5
04/23/2009

I definitely would give this Dutton-Goldfield 2007 Pinot Noir the Gold! A fantastic very long and flavorful Pinot. Wonderful aromas of cherry, a very subtle hint of flower giving way to a nice spice enticing you to taste. The cherry flavors are wonderfully big and juicy and the spice also comes through as an excellent compliment to the fresh, deep, long-lasting cherry. A gorgeous ruby red color and an excellent wine. I'll be getting more of this one!


Snooth User: ppk007
2905536
5.00 5
11/24/2008

This is a terrific wine. Very tasty.


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External Reviews for Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Marin County Devil's Gulch

External Review
09/15/2009

The vineyard is in the extreme, "true" Sonoma Coast, and it requires a warmer year to fully ripen. This is showing a minty, herbal edge to the cherries and blackberries, and high acidity.



Notes on the Dutton-Goldfield Mcdougall Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2005 : PINOT REPORT REVIEW: 94 POINTS Medium ruby color; deep, complex red cherry aromas with lots of spicy notes; ripe and deep, with red cherry, spice and some forest floor flavors; sweet oak; great structure and balance; long finish. Deep and complex, this Pinot would really sing with a mushroom chicken or pork dish. 132 cases made.WINE ENTHUSIAST REVIEW: 92 POINTS From the translucent, see-through ruby color to the intricate cola, cherry and toasted coconut flavors, this delicately powerful in a Burundian way. Fells silky and light-bodied in the mouth, but there's nothing scanty about the wine's powerful intensity of fruit, spice and oak. Best now and for a couple of years. Wine Enthusiast August 2007 S.H.NVWE NOTES: Powerfully constructed, young and slow to unfold, this brilliant Pinot needs airing to fully reveal its class and distinctive personality. It is a wine with deep secrets, offering a gutsy, but surprisingly harmonious mix of dark cherry, boysenberry, dried orange, dry red rose, powdered sumac, leather, smoke, and minerals. A similar impression of masculine power, savory spice and lovely fruitiness graces the mid-palate and the extremely long finish. Certain to improve for at least five more years and probably eight or ten, it is a wine worth the wait. In the near-term, if opened in the afternoon, it can already provide great pleasure at dinner time.DUTTON-GOLDFIELD MCDOUGALL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST 2005

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