2015 Dutton Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch

Year: 2015
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 92
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :

2017 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #81

"Well-centered on a mix of cherry, plum and raspberry flavors, elegant and refined, with sufficient tannins to hold attention. Ends with a clean, mouthwatering aftertaste that echoes the fruit and spice notes. Drink now through 2024. 5,880 cases made.–JL " (WS)

"Dutton Goldfield Pinots rarely impress with fruity muscle or lavish ripeness, but, when they are right just as this one most assuredly is, they exhibit lovely balance and crafting along with exceptional varietal focus. There is nothing at all flashy about this wine, but it is wonderfully well-filled and exhibits great fruity length, and, even if it is so well-made that it can be enjoyed without caveat in the coming year, it offers up tantalizing glimpses of complexities to come and will age famously by virtue of its composition and quiet strength. Reviewed: June 2017" (CG)

"This wine hails from a variety of Dutton family vineyards, many of them popular vineyard designates of their own. Together they show a deftness of blending, offering bright acidity within a lighthearted context of licorice and wild strawberry. The juicy core is further embellished in huckleberry and blueberry, finishing in a mild hit of nutmeg." (WE)

Winery Notes:
After three larger crop years, a cool and wet May in 2015 severely impacted our set this vintage, resulting in yields that were down nearly 50% in our pinot vineyards. The upside is that all that concentration was packed into the tiny clusters and berries that were produced. That density is apparent immediately in the nose of our 2015 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir, which shows particularly lavish black raspberry aromas fringed with sweet violets and savory brambles. The plushness is heady, making you want to curl into the glass and luxuriate. The raspberry notes contin ue in your first mouth-coating juicy sip, riding on a wave of satin. Layers of black che rry and cedar brush reveal themselves as the wine sits in the glass. The sultry finish en ds with a touch of blueberry and nutmeg. This would be an amazing match for mushroom crusted sturgeon, spice-rubbed duck, or Bellwether Farm’s Pepato cheese.