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2011 Dutton Goldfield Pinot Noir "Emerald Ridge Vineyard"

Dutton Goldfield 2011 Emerald Ridge Pinot Noir

Winery: Dutton Goldfield

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Emerald Ridge 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: 391

KWG Score: 90.5 (based on 4 reviews)

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

Review date: February 5, 2014

Wine Review: This ruby colored Pinot Noir opens with a fragrant cranberry and red raspberry bouquet with a hint of cherry vanilla. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, smooth, elegant, and very easy to drink. The flavor profile is a gentle red currant with notes of red plum and cranberry. I also detected hints of oak, blueberry, and a touch of pomegranate in the background. The finish is dry and its refined mild tannins fade away nicely. This Pinot would be a perfect pairing for fresh sliced Norwegian salmon with a horseradish dill cream sauce. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The long, cool 2011 season brought out the wonderful berry focus of this classic Green Valley offering. It’s a wine that loves to breathe in the glass, and clearly one that will age well for at least a decade to come. Upon first pouring, the juicy raspberry and sweet cranberry fruit is the most obvious impression; but with a little time the deep black cherry and blackberry, along with toffee and violet overtones, emerge. In the mouth, the fine tannins support classic Bing cherry and sweet blueberry fruit (aah! the mythical blueberry). The wine provides an enticing combination of perceived sweetness, crystalline focus, and lively freshness. In the finish, the fresh berries and blueberry toffee keep you coming back for more. There is almost no food that wouldn't be enhanced by this offering, but try it with some fresh salmon or a grass fed beef fillet.

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