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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2011
Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2011
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Burghound.com rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 PinotReport rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2011 vintage provided an extraordinarily fresh and sleek Dutton Ranch Pinot. Though the fundamental bright berry core and silky Green Valley tannins are always part and parcel of this wine, there is a particularly vivid aromatic freshness this year, which carries through in its bright acid and low alcohol in the mouth. Red berries combined with black cherry fruit in the nose is underlain with candied rhubarb and a hint of sandalwood and cinnamon. In the mouth, the cherry flavors are carried through on the wonderfully fine tannins--like warm cherry vanilla ice cream in a glass. The finish is exceptionally lengthy, and serves up the accompanying sweet berry cream pie.
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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.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the mainstays of the Dutton-Goldfield production. Using fruit from carefully chosen vineyards, Dan Goldfield produces wine that reflects the natural tendencies of the area: crisp, well-structured wines that display the complexity, balance and intensity that the partners believe are key to world-class wines.

Dutton-Goldfield Winery's first releases were a Dutton Ranch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the 1998 vintage. Today Dan and Steve continue to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Dutton Ranch plantings, numerous vineyard-designated wines, as well as small lots of old vine Zinfandel and hillside Syrah. The Dutton-Goldfield wines are crafted using traditional techniques such as barrel and malolactic fermentation for the Chardonnay, and open top fermentation for the Pinot Noir.

The winery is a partnership of friends, colleagues, neighbors and families. The wines reflect this spectacular part of Northern California where the grapes are grown, the superb quality of fruit from perfectly placed and planted vineyards, and the work of an appreciative winemaker.