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2012 Dutton Goldfield Pinot Noir "Freestone Hill Vineyard"

Dutton Goldfield 2012 Freestone Hill Pinot Noir

Winery: Dutton Goldfield

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Freestone Hill Vineyard"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $72

Cases produced: 613

KWG Score: 93.7 (based on 7 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: December 1, 2014

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Dutton Goldfield opens with an inviting mild black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, gentle and refined. The flavor profile is a delicious mild cherry with hints of cola and faint black raspberry. The finish is dry and its refined tannins drift away nicely. This Pinot is very food friendly and would pair well with fresh Norwegian sliced salmon served on toasted baguette slices with a small dollop of creme fraiche and a sprinkle of capers. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: The beautiful 2012 vintage brought sunshine even to our usually fog-shrouded coastal vineyards. As a result, Freestone ripened evenly and gorgeously, giving us a perfect crop of tiny, concentrated berries. This may be the ultimate Freestone, instantly giving the impression of boldness and elegance all wrapped up in one. The wine greets your nose with its exotic "Freestone spice" of dark, sultry Asian spices, sandalwood and a touch of sagebrush. In the mouth, the flavors intriguingly combine red currant and black raspberry, at once mouthfilling, rich and full. The breadth of the wine is striking as it coats your palate with its mix of berry and spice, with more layers of complexity showing with each sip as the wine opens and spreads its wings. The prolonged finish is heady with cassis and cardamom. This is a wine that’s magnificent to contemplate on its own while spending an evening with a good friend, or enjoying with rich herb-scented grilled meats. Be sure to stash some in your cellar as well, so you can taste what's certain to be a captivating evolution over the years.

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