Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2011
The core of the aromatics is red and black cherry fruit, but nuances of strawberry, raspberry, nutmeg, and toffee are quite evident with time in the glass. In the mouth, the first impression is bright, luscious berry fruit, but it's the soft, broad tannins that carry the complex flavors across your palate and open up tones of cranberry, nutmeg, and coriander. Thanks partially to the moderate alcohol and bright acidity, the finish lingers with fresh cherry fruit and creamy berry compote.
Dutton-Goldfield Winery is a partnership of friends, colleagues, neighbors, and families. It began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them—to craft wines that express the personalities of their vineyards and which they'd enjoy drinking at their own dinner table. Steve Dutton is a fifth-generation farmer whose father first planted grapes in 1967, the same year that he was born. He now manages many of the finest vineyards in the Russian River Valley—over eighty unique, separate vineyards. Dan Goldfield, a winemaker, has been crafting expressive wines from the region since the 1980s.