Since 1998, Dan Goldfield and Steve Dutton have worked together, to produce some of the most outstanding wines in the Russian River Valley. Of the 7,000 cases produced each vintage, 95% of the wines are estate grown, from several premier properties owned by Dutton Ranch.
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87 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009
($58) Good bright, dark red. Initially rather brooding aromas of dark raspberry, fresh pepper, cardamom and wild herbs convey a strong soil character; a piquant note of orange peel emerged to lift the nose. Then silky, dense and very pure in the mouth; quite dry in a classical way, with a fine-grained texture to the urgent black cherry, wild blackberry and spice flavors. This is notably different in style from this producer's Sonoma County wines, and an excellent example of this cooler appellation. Finishes long and aromatic, with lovely subtlety of flavor. Extended aeration brought even more energy and perfume. This may ultimately merit an even higher score.
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If there’s a better 2007 Pinot Noir in California, bring it on. I buy them all the big wines – Sea Smoke, Patz and Hall, etc. Nothing touches the 2007 Devil’s Gulch.
Thank you for getting this wine for us. I just had the first bottle and it was awesome. I can't wait to see what this is like with some age on it.
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Wow! What really surprised me was how this wine came on. On the first night at dinner, it just seemed like a great California Pinot fruit bomb. But those wines don't last long. This wine really surprised. The half bottle we left on night one was far, far better on day 2. We don't know how or why that happened, but we're glad we bought 4 bottles. We're laying down the other three.
This is truly a great wine. Everything the reviewers said it would be....
1st bottle a disaster,2nd ok
by Chef Alberto
The 1st bottle we tried was a nightmare ! rotten cork!! & rotten wine,undrinkable. sorry but that's ho w it was. Stay tuned for future results. Al,thanks 2nd ok
after breathing for 60 minutes, this is a smooth pinot
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