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2008 Dutton Goldfield Pinot Noir "Sanchietti Vineyard"

Dutton Goldfield 2008 Sanchietti Pinot Noir

Winery: Dutton Goldfield

Vintage: 2008

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Sanchietti Vineyard"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Green Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $58

Cases produced: 235

KWG Score: 91.7 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: June 27, 2010

Wine Review: This very opaque and dark purple colored Pinot opens with an attractive and mild black raspberry bouquet with a slight hint of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, well balanced, elegant, and silky. The flavor profile is a delicious blend of mild black raspberry and black cherry with a touch of spice. The finish is dry and its well managed tannins drift away nicely. This very refined Pinot is super food friendly and would pair perfectly with a butterflied filet mignon. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: There's good news and bad news about the 2008 Sanchietti. The good news is that it's as deep and rich as any Sanchietti we've made. The bad news is that the vineyard yield was the most pitiful we've seen since the almost nonexistent 2003 harvest, so only 240 total cases were produced. The wine is unusually extracted for this vineyard, but the tannins are still silky and the fresh blueberry fruit is still at the core. In the nose, the wine is blueberries and black cherry compote, along with coriander and toffee overtones. In the mouth, the thickness of the 2008 vintage is immediately apparent, supporting a sweet core of blackberry and blueberry fruit and carried by wonderfully fine but substantial tannin core. This is a beautifully generous wine for current drinking, whose balance will also carry it for many years to come. Enjoy with a barbequed salmon, roasted quail, or any dish with mushrooms.

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