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 u...

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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 ... Read more

A superb and fairly-priced Pinot Noir, not far behind the quality level of the outstanding single-vineyard Pinot's from Dutton-Goldfield. Beautiful... Read more

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 immediat... Read more

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Snooth User: Terence Pang
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2.50 5
04/23/2012

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.


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11/13/2010

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.


11/13/2010

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.


11/13/2010

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.


11/13/2010

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, this sleek, firmly balanced effort shows the keenest sense of pure varietal fruit. Its insistent themes of well-ripened cherries are accented with subtle oak spice and a hint of violet, and, if admittedly still a touch tight, it has the vitality and balance to age famously.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


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: 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


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


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Ratings & Tags for Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Marin County Devil's Gulch

881672 Snooth User: aryn728
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12/03/2011

Winemaker's Notes:

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

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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