September 18, 2015
 

DUTTON GOLDFIELD

Russian River Valley

Burgundian-style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

 

 

4 wines, 2 single-vineyard bottlings.

Limited availability. 

 

Cool-climate wines from the Russian River Valley

In 1998, Dan Goldfield and Steve Dutton recognized a shared vision — to craft world-class wines that express the personality of their cool-climate vineyards — crisp, well-structured wines that display complexity, balance and intensity. Together they make a range of stunning wines, with a focus on exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 

They’re a pretty impressive team.  Steve Dutton’s family owns and manages Dutton Ranch – it includes 1200 acres of sustainably farmed vineyards, making them the largest vineyard owner in the Russian River Valley. 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.  While not every wine that Dutton Goldfield produces 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 whose love for wine led him to UC Davis to study winemaking. He graduated in 1987 with an MS in Enology while working at Robert Mondavi, and later worked as winemaker at Schramsberg, La Crema, and at Hartford Court, where he designed the winery and winemaking style. That style — defined by moderate alcohol and expressive character — has been refined and focused at Dutton-Goldfield, a benchmark producer of small-lot, single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. 

 
 

2013 Chardonnay 'Dutton Ranch', RRV — 10 cases available

Retail: $62.95 / bottle (12 btls/cs)

The fruit for this wine is sourced from various vineyards within the Green Valley appellation of the Russian River Valley. Like all Dutton Chardonnay, it is barrel fermented and undergoes malolactic fermentation resulting in a rich, textured style. The wine is aged in French oak and exudes Meyer lemon, pear, ginger, steely minerality and sweet cream. 

93 Points — Wine Enthusiast

This golden wine confounds in a mix of wet stone and caramel on the nose, the body creamy in vanilla. Fuller in style and body than some, it remains balanced in acidity and tangy citrus, maintaining a freshness and brightness throughout. The finish is intense with more of that citrus, plus an accent of ginger and lemongrass.

 

2013 Pinot Noir 'Dutton Ranch', RRV — 10 cases available

Retail: $68.95 / bottle (12 btls/cs)

Sourced from throughout the Russian River Valley, this is a stunning Pinot. Punched down and fermented in open-top tanks, it is then aged in French oak. The wine offers black cherry, raspberry and nutmeg on the nose. The palate is lively with broad, soft tannins and notes of cranberry, nutmeg and coriander. A very long finish.

94 Points – Wine Enthusiast
Minty fresh and significantly herbal, this is a lighter-styled, stemmy and earthy wine from a longstanding vineyard source that just shines from start to finish. Pomegranate, black cherry and tea combine to delicious effect, giving the wine enough body and soul to remain memorable through the long, tea-stained finish.

 

2013 Chardonnay 'Rued Vineyard', RRV — 10 cases available

Retail: $91.95 / bottle (6 btls/cs)

This wine is from the famed Rued Vineyard in the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley. Expertly crafted, the nose leads with citrus blossom, lemon oil, guava and mango. The palate is lush with lemon cream pie and Rued’s signature minerality. The wine finishes with a hint of toasty crème brulée. The Rued vineyard was planted in 1980 to the coveted Wente clone, similar to Chardonnday Musqué in its aromatics and intensity. 

Not yet rated.
2012 vintage — 94 Points, Wine Spectator

 

2012 Pinot Noir 'Freestone Hill Vineyard', RRV — 4 cases available

Retail: $135.95 / bottle (6 btls/cs)

Single-vineyard California Pinot at its finest.  This is a special wine that boasts intense aromas of exotic spice, sandalwood and sagebrush. On the palate flavours of red currant and black raspberry are met with rich layered spice. Full bodied with a prolonged finish of cassis and cardamom.

94 Points — Wine Enthusiast
From a coast vineyard in the southwest corner of the RRV, this is earthy and brambly on the nose, inviting in its sense of wild abandon. Concentrated yet vibrant in acidity, the flavours lean toward cranberry and tart cherry, completely enveloped in intriguing cardamom spice. Elegant and balanced.