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2012 Kutch "McDougall Ranch" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1216106 94 points Vinous

 A big, punchy wine, the 2012 Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch hits the palate with bold dark cherries, pomegranate, spices, new leather and savory herbs. This is one of the most intense, overt wines I have tasted from Jamie Kutch, yet all the elements are in the right place. As good as it is today, the 2012 will be even better in a few years. (AG)  (1/2015)

93 points John Gilman

 The 2012 McDougall Ranch pinot noir from Jamie Kutch is another excellent bottle in the making, offering up a pure and sappy bouquet of red plums, cherries, a bit of nutskin, cocoa, a fine base of soil tones, fresh herbs and a bit of smoky new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and a bit more structure out of the blocks than the 2012 Falstaff Vineyard bottling, with a good core, ripe, firm tannins, lovely focus and grip and a long, poised and youthful finish. This will need a couple years longer in the cellar to blossom, but it too is a very strong, low octane and classy bottle of pinot. Drink between 2018-2040.  (8/2014)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch (575 cases) was aged in 50% new French oak, and its alcohol came in at 13.7%. Like its siblings, it was fermented with whole clusters and will be bottled without fining or filtration. Complex notes of raspberries, black cherries, forest floor and spring flowers emerge from this enticing, potentially high class Pinot Noir. Good acidity provides delineation and freshness, and the wine possesses medium to full body as well as a pure style. It should evolve over the next decade. 88-90+ Barrel Tasting (RP)  (12/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Elegant, richly aromatic, loads of soy and balsam on the nose. Light, sweet oak influence. Firm tannins. Great style and shape - has the clarity of modern fruit with the savoury terroir of Burgundy. 17/20 points  (1/2015)

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