With its friendly ripening season, 2012 gave us a Dutton Ranch Pinot that showcases the deeper cherry fruit, thick tannins and opulence we get in fully ripe years. The core of the aromatics is red and black cherry fruit, but nuances of strawberry, raspberry, nutmeg and toffee are quite evident with time in the glass. In the mouth, the first impression is bright, luscious berry fruit, but it's the soft, broad tannins that carry the complex flavors across your palate and open up tones of cranberry, nutmeg and coriander. Thanks partially to the moderate alcohol and bright acidity, the finish lingers with fresh cherry fruit and creamy berry compote. This is a wine that rewards a bit of breathing in the glass, and will certainly do the same with a few years in the cellar.
As always, this wine has a broad range of food pairings, whether alone with some well chosen cheeses, richer fish preparations or a good old steak on the bbq.