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2011 Dutton Goldfield Pinot Noir "Dutton Ranch"

Dutton Goldfield 2011 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir

Winery: Dutton Goldfield

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Dutton Ranch"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $40

Cases produced: 2,486

KWG Score: 91.2 (based on 5 reviews)

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

Review date: May 6, 2013

Wine Review: This bright red colored Pinot Noir is delicate, versatile and food friendly. It opens with a gentle black raspberry bouquet with a hint of pomegranate. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced and elegant. The flavor profile is a delightful gentle plum with notes of black cherry. The finish is dry, pleasant, and subtle. The panel suggested pairing this very nice Pinot with grilled red snapper or barbecue shrimp served with dirty rice. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: With its tiny crop and unusually cool summer, the 2011 vintage gave us an extraordinarily fresh and sleek Dutton Ranch Pinot. Though the fundamental bright berry core and silky Green Valley tannins are always part and parcel of this wine, there is a particularly vivid aromatic freshness this year, which carries through in its bright acid and low alcohol in the mouth. Red berries combined with black cherry fruit in the nose is underlain with candied rhubarb and a hint of sandalwood and cinnamon. In the mouth, the cherry flavors are carried through on the wonderfully fine tannins—like warm cherry vanilla ice cream in a glass. The finish is exceptionally lengthy, and serves up the accompanying sweet berry cream pie. With our stellar salmon season this year, we like to use a bit in our marinade to make the pairing even more ideal. But don’t limit yourself. A beauty of this wine is the boundless possibilities, from herb crusted poultry to grilled fish to slices of goat Gouda.

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