(From 2013 Vintage) Dutton Ranch farms over eighty unique, separate vineyards located in the coolest areas of the Russian River Valley, primarily in the Green Valley sub-appellation, and our Dutton Ranch Pinot blend represents our vision for the character of this special region: juicy berry fruit in both the nose and the mouth, solid structure and fine tannins, and alluring balance. Galante, Silva, Emerald Ridge, Widdoes and Jentoft are all in the heart of Green Valley, and each contributes their unique variation of Green Valley fruit to the complexity of the blend. Morelli Lane is high on the Ridge to the west of the Valley itself and offers a bit of warmer cherry fruit to the mix. Freestone is in the far southwestern corner of the Russian River appellation, and contributes its killer depth and spice to the low notes of the wine.
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.