November 21, 2013

Russian River Valley, Sonoma

Exceptional, cool climate Pinot and Chardonnay!


In Stock for Immediate Delivery

2012 Chardonnay 'Dutton Ranch'  - New Release!  
Retail: $54.95 / bottle (12 x 750 ml/cs)

Dutton Ranch farms over eighty vineyards in the coolest areas of the Russian River Valley, mostly in the Green Valley appellation. The 30-year-old vines of Mill Station, Rued and Walker Hill vineyards are dry farmed, providing the beautiful citrus backbone, spicy floral nose and tropical and mineral overtones of this wine. Morelli Lane Vineyard’s Hyde clone contributes floral stone fruit, and the cold valley location of JJJS lends luscious pear notes. This is 100% barrel fermented in French oak (40% new), 100% malolactic fermentation and lees stirred twice monthly. 

2012 Pinot Noir 'Dutton Ranch'  - New Release! 
Retail: $57.95 /  bottle (12 x 750 ml/cs)

The thin-soiled Galante and Silva vineyards provide creamy blackberry fruit character and depth of tannins. Emerald Ridge, perched on a knoll in the middle of Green Valley, contributes wonderful black cherry focus, dark fruit concentration and structure. The Morelli Lane block, on the western edge of the appellation, is planted to the old Swan clone, prized for its floral aromatics and wonderful texture. The 2012 vintage brought a picture-perfect growing season: minimal spring rain and frost, perfect flowering weather, and consistently warm harvest temperatures. Aged in French oak for 10 months. 


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Single-vineyard Pinots - limited availability!

2011 Pinot Noir 'Fox Den Vineyard '
Retail: $83.95 / bottle   (6 x 750 ml/cs)
only 15 cases available

94 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast 
'The interesting thing about this vineyard-designated Pinot Noir is that despite its immediate lusciousness, it also has the complexity to age—not a common combination. It’s extraordinarily rich in strawberries, raspberries and pomegranate. Beyond the fruit is an earthiness that suggests mushrooms. The alcohol is refreshingly moderate, the acidity pinpoint perfect. The 2011 vintage is proving to be a great one for Dutton-Goldfield. Drink this wine now through 2023.' 

2011 Pinot Noir 'Freestone Hill Vineyard'
Retail: $99.95 / bottle  (6 x 750 ml/cs)
only 15 cases available

95 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast 
'Everything about this Pinot screams quality. Although it will only improve with time, it’s certainly enjoyable now for its raspberry, cherry, cola and oak flavors that will pair perfectly with a great steak. The Dijon clones that constitute the blend reacted perfectly to the cool vintage, yielding ripe fruit along with tart acidity and firm tannins. Drink 2017– 2027.'



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 - crisp, well-structured wines that display the complexity, balance and intensity that the partners believe are key to world-class wines.

They’re a pretty impressive team.  Steve Dutton’s family owns and manages Dutton Ranch – a collection of vineyards that make them the largest vineyard owner in the Russian River Valley, with over 1200 sustainably farmed acres (plus 300 acres of organically-grown apples).  In 1964 Warren Dutton, Steve’s dad, planted the first vineyards in the Green Valley sub-appellation of the RRV - 2 acres of French Colombard.  Today, 75% of Dutton Ranch falls within the ‘Green Valley of Russian River Valley’ AVA, the rest of the vineyards are in the slightly less-cool Russian River Valley AVA.  All of the vineyards fall in the ‘Sonoma Coast’ AVA which somewhat confusingly overlaps the Green Valley & RRV appellations.  Clearly, this is cool-climate winegrowing territory, and Dutton Ranch is focused on Chardonnay & Pinot Noir.  Small parcels of other aromatic varieties, including Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer & Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah are also grown.  The list of wineries bottling Dutton Ranch wines is a testament to the caliber of the vineyard operation – Kistler, Lewis, Patz&Hall, DuMol, Freestone, Hartford Court, Ramey, and many more.  Some use Dutton Ranch as vineyard designation (which it really isn’t, it’s a collection of vineyards), some use a proprietary name (such as Hartford Court’s ‘Stone Côte’ Chardonnay), and some don’t identify the source of the fruit.  And while not every wine that Dutton-Goldfield makes comes from Dutton Ranch, you can bet that D-G gets prime selection of sites within the ranch.

Dan Goldfield is an East Coast academic, with a science background and an early trajectory toward medical research.  An outdoor enthusiast and athlete, Dan’s love of wine led him to UC Davis to study winemaking – a choice that allowed him to combine his scientific background with a career connecting him to the land and wine.  Graduating in 1987 with an MS in Enology while working at Robert Mondavi, he then became associate winemaker at Schramsberg.  By 1993 Dan was winemaker at La Crema when Jess Jackson bought the winery.  Jackson then tasked Dan with creating Hartford Court – a winery devoted exclusively to cool-climate Chardonnay & Pinot Noir.  Dan designed the winery set-up and winemaking style.  That style has been refined and focused at Dutton-Goldfield, a benchmark producer of small lot, single-vineyard Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, in an elegant style defined by moderate alcohol and expressive character.