2012 Dutton Goldfield "Dutton Ranch" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
This is the winery’s first Pinot of the vintage. Hence it’s a preview of their 2012s to come, and what promise it holds. The acidity is high and the alcohol is low, making for an elegant mouthfeel. But what’s especially pleasurable are the deep flavors of black cherries, blueberries, red currants and sandalwood. The wine is fine to drink now, and should hold in the bottle until 2022. What a superb barbecued steak pairing. —S.H
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright medium red. Very ripe, open-knit aromas of cherry, strawberry, brown spices and oak. Ripe, dry and nicely concentrated, with strong spicy lift to the cranberry and raspberry flavors. Supple, classically dry, firmly built pinot with a fine dusting of tannins and a lingering note of nutmeg.
Wine & Spirits
**Best Buy** ...a classic Russian River Pinot Noir: sweet and spicy, warming yet fresh, with cherry-red fruit that’s fairly simple, but carries just enough savory nuance. The wine’s mildly astringent tannins could use another year or two to integrate; it will be delicious with a duck terrine.
Comprised of numerous separate vineyards, Dutton Ranch is an extremely important property in the coolest parts of the Russian River Valley, primarily in the Green Valley sub-appellation. Dutton Goldfield assembled this bottling from seven of these vineyards to represent the generously juicy, yet refined and structured style that the Russian River Valley so famously expresses. The ideal 2012 growing season yielded a bountiful crop of flawless fruit that had winemakers excited as soon as the grapes arrived at the wineries. Now that the wines are bottled and starting to arrive in the marketplace, it's time to see what the excitement has been about. Robert Parker even posted on his Twitter account in January 2014 that Pinot lovers would "go bonkers" over the vintage. Dutton Goldfield vinified each vineyard separately for this bottling in order to afford flexibility in blending. The wine was aged for 10 months in 40% new French oak before the lots were selected for inclusion. From the winery: "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."