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Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Marin County Devil's Gulch 2008

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We blend 5 of our favorite Dutton Ranch vineyards to craft this wine. The third of three drought winters, 2008 gave us early budbreak, then a series of frosts that resulted in extremely low yields and tiny berries throughout the Russian River Valley. Given the small crop and early start, our warm September that year brought the Pinot harvest in a torrent starting mid-month. This warm harvest season, combined with the thick skinned small berries, gave us Pinot with super supple tannins and sweet black cherry fruit. Our 2008 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir is a particularly unctuous and forward version of this offering. In the nose, black cherry and blackberry fruit lead, along with sweet caramel and coriander spice notes. As it opens in the glass, the candied cherry and berry fruit truly jump out. In the mouth, the immediate impression is that of broad, supple tannins which support the ample black cherry fruit and toffee wood notes. This richness is kept focused by bright acidity and moderate alcohol, and the lingering finish is all about the fresh berry fruit. Try this wine with roast chicken with mushrooms and braised greens, or pretty much any salmon preparation. It's truly versatile for food pairing, and certainly wonderful just to sip on its own. 3151 cases produced. 91 points, Stephen Tanzer

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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

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Snooth User: Terence Pang
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2.50 5
04/22/2012

A clear, medium+ ruby colour. Clean, developing nose of strawberry essence, sour cherry and sweet spice. A dry, full-bodied wine that has a smooth velvet texture. There is plenty of fresh acidity in this one, 13.5% alc with moderate tannins. Ripe flavours of red berries, plum fruit and red cherry. Easy finish. Drink now 89/100.


Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
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4.50 5
08/20/2010

A superb and fairly-priced Pinot Noir, not far behind the quality level of the outstanding single-vineyard Pinot's from Dutton-Goldfield. Beautifully balanced, concentrated, energetic wine, delicious even in its infancy. Perfumed nose and flavors highlighted by candied cherry, plum, strawberry, rose blossoms, Asian herbs, charcoal. Round and elegant in the mouth even at this early age, and with a long, fruit-filled finish.


Snooth User: aryn728
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4.50 5
12/03/2011

Four and a half glasses


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

07/05/2011

"Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. While all of the Dutton Goldfield Pinots sport a fair streak of acidity and are built along slightly leaner lines


11/12/2010

Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Not far off from the wine immediately above in its need for cellaring, this wine shares its mate's tendency towards high-acid angularity at this point. Its dark cherry and dried violet varietal character is spot on, but its latter palate narrowness asks for a bit of patience.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. It may come with a price tag lower than its cellarmates


07/05/2011

"Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Noticeably angular in construction and much in need of cellaring to let its acid-driven flavors settle down


07/05/2011

"Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Not far off from the wine immediately above in its need for cellaring


11/12/2010

Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Noticeably angular in construction and much in need of cellaring to let its acid-driven flavors settle down, this wine also has a touch of high ripeness to its red cherry and lightly chocolaty character. Time in bottle is its ally in bringing its disparate pieces together and a wait of three to five years would seem in order.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


11/12/2010

Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. It may come with a price tag lower than its cellarmates, but this offering earns its spurs by avoiding the burgeoning acidity that gives those wines a somewhat narrow cast. Nicely focused on red cherry fruit and a touch fuller in feel if less polished than the rest of its crew, this one is a good choice for now while those others mature.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


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We blend 5 of our favorite Dutton Ranch vineyards to craft this wine. The third of three drought winters, 2008 gave us early budbreak, then a series of frosts that resulted in extremely low yields and tiny berries throughout the Russian River Valley. Given the small crop and early start, our warm September that year brought the Pinot harvest in a torrent starting mid-month. This warm harvest season, combined with the thick skinned small berries, gave us Pinot with super supple tannins and sweet black cherry fruit. Our 2008 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir is a particularly unctuous and forward version of this offering. In the nose, black cherry and blackberry fruit lead, along with sweet caramel and coriander spice notes. As it opens in the glass, the candied cherry and berry fruit truly jump out. In the mouth, the immediate impression is that of broad, supple tannins which support the ample black cherry fruit and toffee wood notes. This richness is kept focused by bright acidity and moderate alcohol, and the lingering finish is all about the fresh berry fruit. Try this wine with roast chicken with mushrooms and braised greens, or pretty much any salmon preparation. It's truly versatile for food pairing, and certainly wonderful just to sip on its own. 3151 cases produced. 91 points, Stephen Tanzer

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