(From 2010 Vintage) Personality is what wine is all about for us at DG, and this vintage of Dutton Ranch Pinot is a perfect example. In 2010, the wet spring brought a low natural yield, the cool summer gave us long hang time, the crazy intermittent heat spikes slashed the crop even lower, and the cool September spells enabled us to hang on for perfect phenolic ripeness at low alcohol. Juicy berry fruit in the nose and the mouth, substantial but perfectly resolved tannins, and alluring focus convey the personality of our neighborhood. A bit of extra concentration, darker than usual blackberry fruit, and an exceptional sourball brightness convey the personality of the vintage. We love the sweet, dense blackberry fruit of this wine, and how that fruit is enhanced by tones of coriander, tar and ginger. We hope you love it too—there is a great (contrarian) satisfaction for us to so love a vintage that took so much effort and focus to manage (for you cycling geeks, see rule number 5).
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2006 Vintage) Incisive ripe-cherry fruitiness governs all aspects of this very well-made youngster, while carefully fit oak provides a sweetening boost in richness from beginning to end. Medium-full-bodied and supple in feel with nicely placed acids providing brightness and bounce to its lengthy finish, the wine hints at refinement to come and will repay those willing to wait for a few years with a deep and well-polished Pinot Noir that tempers richness with grace.