Dutton-Goldfield Syrah Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch Cherry Ridge 2008

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In the traditional fashion, our Syrah is fermented in small open top fermenters and punched down by hand. The fruit is hand sorted then destemmed, and the must is cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. After fermentation, the wine is racked into French oak to age. During its 20 months of barrel aging, the wine is racked several times for flavor and tannin development, as well as to hone the barrel choices for each particular stage of its life. The nature of the 2088 Cherry Ridge Syrah is immediately obvious by its almost iridescent ruby color in the glass. The promise of the deep color is delivered on by a wine of enticing concentration and suppleness. In the nose it's black cherry, Asian spice, white pepper, and a hint of Sandalwood. There's also a touch of leather which is so classic to the varietal. In the mouth, especially with a little breathing, the rich cherry and spice really coat your mouth, carried by lush sweet tannin structure. The acidity keeps the brightness in the wine, as well as promising a long future ahead. The finish is all lush fruit and spice, with no hint of heat, and gets lusher as the wine opens in the glass. 370 cases produced.

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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 Syrah Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch Cherry Ridge

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Snooth User: Derek67
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/10/2009

Dynamite cool-climate syrah that is loaded with sweet/dark/jammy fruit and spice.


Snooth User: glharv
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 08/21/2010

Peppery and rounded with super berry flavors. Delicious.


Snooth User: nicmendo
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 07/06/2009

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Vinous Vicious
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2003 05/16/2011

It's not the typical flabby sort of Syrah you can find loitering amongst the true big blues; this guy is packing a set of steel ones with a nice spice, ripe blue berry infusion that may be able to put the moves on Mother Teresa and get to second base. I'll confess: the nose is "eh", just not enough bouquet for my inner "pleasure junkie" although after about 15 minutes of swirl and sip time it developed some faint black berry licorice w/ added to my overall enjoyment this baby.


External Reviews for Dutton-Goldfield Syrah Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch Cherry Ridge

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Vintage: 2004 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesIn the nose this wine entices with aromas of blueberry, black cherry and nutmeg. It follows in the mouth with wonderfully plush tannins that carry its dark flavors of black cherry, boysenberry and toffee through to a lingering sweet finish. This is a syrah that keeps you wanting more.



In the traditional fashion, our Syrah is fermented in small open top fermenters and punched down by hand. The fruit is hand sorted then destemmed, and the must is cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. After fermentation, the wine is racked into French oak to age. During its 20 months of barrel aging, the wine is racked several times for flavor and tannin development, as well as to hone the barrel choices for each particular stage of its life. The nature of the 2088 Cherry Ridge Syrah is immediately obvious by its almost iridescent ruby color in the glass. The promise of the deep color is delivered on by a wine of enticing concentration and suppleness. In the nose it's black cherry, Asian spice, white pepper, and a hint of Sandalwood. There's also a touch of leather which is so classic to the varietal. In the mouth, especially with a little breathing, the rich cherry and spice really coat your mouth, carried by lush sweet tannin structure. The acidity keeps the brightness in the wine, as well as promising a long future ahead. The finish is all lush fruit and spice, with no hint of heat, and gets lusher as the wine opens in the glass. 370 cases produced.

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