Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Freestone Hill Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from Russian River, California

$68.99
Item No. 130426
  • red wine
  • WE95
  • W&S91
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.7%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Wild vineyards seem to love wild vintages. 2011 started with a wet spring, evolved into a foggy summer and continued into a cool harvest season with no heat spikes - and Freestone loved it, giving us skin and seed ripeness without sugar spiking or acid dropping out. With less than 2 tons an acre to ripen, it had no trouble doing so in spectacular fashion. Freestone is once again a standout for the vintage, showing gorgeous black cherry, black plum, thyme and clove on the nose, with the candied blackberry character likening to what Frambois is to raspberry. In the mouth, the wine is broody and dark spice with a lift of creamy red fruit. The juicy cherry/ cranberry/ blackberry has the perfect sweet/ tart balance that we love, and the sweet, substantial tannins, solid structure, and nice acid extends the berry and toffee finish.

Critical Acclaim

"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. "
95 Points

"A sappy, warming Russian River pinot, this carries an inviting natural sweetness in its dark berry flavors, while the grip of its spicy tannins provides direction. It's powerful yet easy to drink, with a firmness to match the fat of a roast duck. "
91 Points

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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...

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Learn About Russian River

The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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