Vineyard: Emerald Ridge

AppellationGreen Valley of Russian River Valley
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Emerald Ridge Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.64, TA 0.58, 498 cases, $58. This vineyard just outside the town of Graton was planted by Steve Dutton in 2001. Clones are Pommard, Wädenswil 2A, and “828” in Goldridge soil. 100% destemmed, 5-day cold soak, each clone fermented and handled separately, aged 11 months in 55% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is very shy initially and evolves reluctantly over time to reveal aromas of blackberry preserves, blueberries, and an appealing floral note. Mid weight flavors of blackberry, blueberry, pomegranate and Tootsie Roll with a touch of spice, backed by suave, dusty tannins and good acidity. Texturally interesting and soft in the mouth, with admirable balance, and a generous dark berry driven finish. Decant this beauty if you must open now, but it will be more giving with another year or two in bottle. Score: 92. Reviewed April 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch-Emerald Ridge Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $63. This vineyard is located just outside the town of Graton and is planted in Goldridge soil on an east-facing slope. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromatically endowed with scents of dark red and black berries and oak. Soft, smooth and tasty on the palate, featuring blackberry, blueberry, savory dried herbs, and oak flavors caressed by supple tannins. Showing a touch more oak than I prefer but displays a lovely demeanor and is tre Pinot. Score: 89. Reviewed February 22, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Dutton-Goldfield Emerald Ridge Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.62, 251 cases, $58. Planted by Steve Dutton in 1991 to an array of clones. Pommard, 2A, and Dijon 667 are included in this wine. Aged 12 months in 55% new French oak barrels. · Relatively closed, needing time and swirling to reveal the aromas of blackberry jam, black cherries and cardamom spice. Forceful and assertive in the mouth (the most full-bodied of the wines tasted), yet without weight, offering delicious flavors of fresh blackberries, black cherries and baking spices. Round and polished with a Grand Cru finish. Still showing some oak which will integrate with maturation in the bottle. An outstanding wine that is liquid nobility. Very good (++). Reviewed April 4, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »