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Vineyard: McDougall Ranch

OwnerMcDougall Family
AppellationSonoma Coast
StoryHistory: Planted by Warren Dutton Acres: Varieties: Pinot Noir Year(s) Planted: 1998 Soil Type: Suther laughlin loan and Franciscan Craylon Series Clones: 114, 115 Elevation: Aspect: Sonoma's far coast, 2.5 miles from Pacific Ocean on a south-facing meadow that's often above fog line AVA: Sonoma Coast Owners: McDougall Family Client Wineries: Drew, Dutton-Goldfield, Kutch, Hirsch, Twomey Cellars
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2011 Kutch McDougall Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 345 cases, $55. Release August 2013. 7-day cold soak, native fermentations, 50% de-stemmed and 50% whole cluster, all fruit crushed and punched down by foot, aged sur lie for 10 months without racking in 50% new and 50% used French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Striking nose offering extroverted scents of black cherries, spice, briar and rose petal. Mouth watering flavors of ripe black cherries and dark red berry jam, with a joyful hint of spice. Very soft and smooth, almost ephemeral, but with eye-opening fruit intensity. There is an extra depth of flavor on the finish that keeps rolling along just when you think it must be finally done. I was really taken by this wine, and as I sat in my chair, I kept looking at the glass and shaking my head in wonderment. Even better the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle. Similar in some ways to the great 2009 vintage of this wine, but more approachable and elegant in style. Reviewed December 8, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Kutch McDougall Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 345 cases, $55. This vineyard is located 3.5 miles inland from the coast at 935 to 1,030 feet elevation. Clones are 114 and 115. Vine age is 15 years. Farmed by noted vineyardist Ulises Valdez. Hirsch Vineyard is on the next southern ridge. 50% whole cluster. Aged sur lie for 10 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Vibrant aromas of black cherries and whole cluster floral spice. Delicious core of well-ripened black cherries with complimentary spice and a very subtle green thread in the background, finishing with depth of fruit, juicy acidity and a rush of dry tannins. When tasted the following day from a previous opened and re-corked bottle, the wine had dramatically transformed. The wine had really come together, the green thread had disappeared, and the tannins had softened considerably. This will be a very enticing wine for whole cluster fans. I recommend aging this wine at least 2 to 3 years. Score: 93. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Dutton-Goldfield McDougall Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., 165 cases, $58 (wine club only). This site is a south-facing ridge close to the coast owned by Mac, Barbara and Rich McDougall. Planted in 1988 near Hirsch and Martinelli vineyards. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Complex nose offering aromas of dark red cherry, raspberry, iron-driven mineral, wild mint and redwood. On the palate, the wine delivers a rush of dark red cherry fruit with a wild, feral character and accents of spice and conifer. Very soft tannins make for easy drinking, and there is noticeable persistence on the cherry drop finish. Definitely better over time in the glass. Score: 92. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

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2009 Drew McDougall Ranch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 183 cases, pH 3.65,TA 0.64, $47. Released March 2011. A 7-acre vineyard on a rocky outcropping at 935 feet elevation about 2.4 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the true Sonoma Coast. Fifth vintage from this site. Soil is sandy clay over bedrock. Clone 114. 30% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 11 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Deeply and intensely perfumed with scents of wild berries, spice and cedar closet. Luscious core of blackberry, boysenberry, and black cherry flavors wrapped in flamboyant tannins. Fruit is perfectly ripe and has an exotic, animale quality. Amazing persistence on the big finish. Great potential. Better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Reviewed May 15, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

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2009 Kutch McDougall Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 288 cases, $48. Clone 114 planted in 1998 at 935 feet elevation, two ridges in from the Pacific Ocean. Yield 1.8 tons per acre. 50% whole cluster, native fermentations, aged 18 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose opens over time in the glass offering a lovely mix of scents of darker raspberries and cherries, spice, underbrush and even violets. A delicious and hearty mixed berry core is enhanced by notes of spice and cured meat. The fruit is largely buried by the imposing, ripe tannins but this should resolve with several years in the bottle. This wine has the most tannin in the Kutch lineup, but also possesses the most seductive fruit. The wine offers an unmistakable sense of terroir. Still fine, but closed, the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Don’t even think about drinking this connoisseur's wine for seven to ten years. Reviewed May 15, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Dutton-Goldfield McDougall Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.66, 198 cases, $58. From a wind-swept 9-acre vineyard on a ridge top at 1,100 feet near Hirsch and Martinelli vineyards on the true Sonoma Coast. Two Dijon clones. Farmed by Barbara and Rich McDougall. · A dark, savory, loamy wine that speaks of the earth. Aromas and flavors of intensely concentrated red and purple fruits, impressive for their freshness. Hints of pine pitch and brioche add interest. The ripe tannins have been reigned in, the wine is strikingly soft and smooth in the mouth and quite approachable now. I really like this wine for its seamlessness. Reviewed February 15, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Kutch McDougall Ranch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 90 cases, $48 The McDougall plantings are 3.4 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean at 935 feet. 25% whole cluster. Aged on the lees for 16 months with no new oak. · Moderately light in color. Red cherries and brown spices on the nose. Lighter-styled, with red fruit profile, herbal notes and graham. Lively acidity. Still reserved from bottling. Reviewed April 7, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Drew McDougall Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 193 cases, $50. 7-acre vineyard at 1,300 feet four miles from Pacific Ocean. · Rich cherry aromas with a little plum, rhubarb and sawdust. Darker stone fruits are featured with a charming earth and herbal note on the finish. Plenty of dirt here. The texture is plush with gossamer tannins. Alcohol is well-integrated. A clean, lingering finish draws you to another sip. Reviewed March 17, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Dutton-Goldfield McDougall Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 250 cases, $58. From the true Sonoma Coast, close to Hirsch Vineyard at 1,100 feet. Yields were about 1 ton per acre. · Enticing nose of blue fruits, plum, ocean air and earth. Supple in the mouth with delicate wild berry fruits, suave tannins and a snappy, clean finish. Reviewed January 20, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »