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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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
(13.5% alcohol): Good full red. Brooding aromas of raspberry and menthol are joined by a floral element as the wine opens in the glass. Silky, classically dry and savory, with a lovely light touch and an impression of almost salty minerality. More red and less black in fruit character than the Green Valley examples. Really dusts the palate on the long aftertaste. This opened beautifully with air, but I'd still wait at least a year or two to pull the cork.
Possibly the best California Pinot I've had this year. Bright fruit and herb on the nose. Surprising minerality and beautiful red fruits on the palate but the real star was the finish. It went on for days. I would definitely recommend if you can find it.
One of the best!
Amazing Fruit, smooth finish. My wife says it is the best wine she's ever had and she's had a lot. Fantastic Pinot! We absolutely loved it.
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good now, better later?
This is a concentrated, solid four-star wine right now. But I can't help but believe the best is yet to come within the next few years given this wine's pedigree. Drank one now to establish a tasting baseline and have enough to sample over the years to come; can't wait!
The wine is heavy and closed; several hours decanted did not improve it
slight warmth and pleasant mouth feel but ends too aggressively to be a sipping wine
stands up well to rich food
a disappointment for a DG wine
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