Dutton-Goldfield Winery Russian River Valley
Very impressive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from a range of sites, mostly in the cool Green Valley. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are both sourced from the cooler Dutton Ranch, which is family owned. The east-facing Rued Vineyard is planted to Chardonnay now over 40 years old. The resulting wine has both a firm structure and subtle minerality underpinning its lightly piercing tropical, citrus fruit.
The Dutton Ranch bottling is more obviously fruit-driven without quite the depth or persistence. Both wines are barrel-fermented on lees from a mix of natural and added yeasts. Of the Pinots, McDougall Vineyard from the northwestern Sonoma Coast and the Dutton Ranch are the most obviously cool climate, with the McDougall bottling offering impressive depth and intensity. Fuller and more marked by dark plum fruit is the Devil’s Gulch Ranch from some of the steepest, lowestyielding protected vineyards in Marin County. Pinot Noir also now comes from three other sources; Angel Camp Vineyard in the Anderson Valley, the Azaya Ranch in Marin County and the Dutton Ranch Emerald Ridge Vineyard in the Green Valley.
Additional releases include Zinfandel from the Russian River Morelli Lane Vineyard, a red blend of Syrah, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir, Spectrum Red, a Pinot Blanc labelled Shop Block, A Riesling from the Chileno Valley Vineyard in Marin County and a very late harvested Riesling, Sticky Finish from the same site. The Pinots get 5–7 days’ cold soaking to lift their fruit and all the wines are bottled with minimal processing and will benefit from 3–5 years’ ageing. (DM)
To find out more about Dutton-Goldfield and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to California North Coast..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)