Vineyard: Devil's Gulch

OwnerMark Pasternak
AppellationMarin County
VarietiesGewurztraminer, Pinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2011 Dutton-Goldfield Devil’s Gulch Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.59, 217 cases, $58. Located in the far western reaches of Marin County, this vineyard is owned and farmed by Marin County viticulture pioneer Mark Pasternak who has been ranching in Nicasio since the early 1970s. Dijon clones are planted in a steep, terraced vineyard with shallow soils. Dijon clones. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of dark red and black fruits with a note of forest floor and cave cellar. Very tasty core of purple fruits including plum and boysenberry, offering good depth and intensity on the mid palate, and finishing long with a riff of electric and juicy red plum fruit. Needs some time in the cellar for the aromatics to arrive and the fruit to maximize its charm. Score: 92. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Sean Thackrey Andromeda Devil’s Gulch Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $45. · Moderately light in color. Unique array of aromas including green garden, cut flowers, and Ponzu. The flavors are unusual and challenging to describe in the manner that I have come to expect from this quirky, talented producer. The wine does not follow the usual hardline flavor profile of Pinot Noir but does offer some tasty black cherry and berry fruit. A leafy, green note runs consistently through the taste profile as well as oakderived vanilla. Soft in the mouth and nicely balanced, this wine was more interesting the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Could be very interesting a few years down the road. For the adventurous. Good (+). (Note: Sean Thackrey:Wine Maker website is a highly recommended visit if you have any interest in the history of winemaking) Reviewed March 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Dutton-Goldfield Devil’s Gulch Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noirs

These are exceptional wines from a very talented winemaker and recommended. The Dutton- Goldfield Tasting Room is shared with Balleto and is located at 5700 Occidental Road in Santa Rosa. 707-823-3887. The wines are largely sold to a mailing list who receive an informative newsletter. Www.dutton-goldfield.com. · The 2006 barrel sample shows a solid core of bright wild berry fruit and respectable structure that bodes well for age ability. The Devil’s Gulch berries can be quite tannic and Dan does a fine job of taming the beast. Dan was also offering tastes of his Rued Chardonnay (understated, balanced, excellent) and Devil’s Gulch Gewurztraminer (Alsatian in style and quite rare). Reviewed July 16, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Sean Thackrery Andromeda Devils Gulch Ranch Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 50. · Quite a departure from the 2002 and 2004 vintages. Much lighter and redder in color. Subdued redder Pinot fruits on a light frame with moderate tannins that need to be shed. Savory herbs add interest. Reviewed January 14, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Dutton-Goldfield Devil’s Gulch Vineyard Marin County Pinot

The 2004 is a crowd pleaser with forward fruit and is easy to drink. Reviewed July 16, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Dutton-Goldfield Devil’s Gulch Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

13.6% alc. · A plush, fruitdriven wine with all kinds of flavors going on. Put this one away for a year or two and you will be smiling. Reviewed November 26, 2006 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Sean Thackrery Andromeda Devils Gulch Ranch Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

15.3% alc., $80 on secondary market. · Similar to the 2002 vintage, but less fruity and fresher. Aromas of fermenting berries, herbs, sassafras and exotic wood. Rich, sweet black raspberry fruit that is well-collared with soft tannins and a long follow-through on a dry finish. The alcohol is nicely integrated. Reviewed January 14, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2003 Sean Thackrey Andromedia Devil’s Gulch Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

15.2% alc.. · A very unique style that has the imprint of winemaker Thackrey. Plenty to like here and the alcohol is fully integrated. Reviewed November 26, 2006 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2003 Dutton-Goldfield Devil’s Gulch Ranch Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., $40. · Call this one deep and dark. The robe is a sexy dark ruby in color. The terrific nose shows off deep, dark Pinot fruits with an edgy earthiness. Great purity of fruit that is lightly oaked and great persistence on the back end. Terrific with chicken tortellini soup. I could sip this guilty pleasure all night long. Reviewed January 15, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2003 Dutton-Goldfield Devil’s Gulch Vineyard Marin County Pinot

Dan Goldfield has an irrepressible passion for wine. He was raised in Philadelphia and came to University of California Berkeley in 1980 to work as a research scientist. His brother had exposed him to fine Pinot Noir with a tasting of top Burgundies and his close proximity to wine country led him to study winemaking. After graduating from University of California Davis with an MS in enology, he pursued a winemaking career that took him from Mondavi, to Schramsberg, to La Crema, and to Hartford Court. He sought out and urged the planting of the cool western areas of Sonoma County and sourced grapes from these vineyards for a number of distinctive Pinot Noir bottlings. In 1998, he formed a label with partner Steve Dutton - Dutton-Goldfield (pictured below, Steve on left). Steve Dutton is a fifth generation farmer whose father, Warren, began growing grapes in the western Russian River Valley in the mid 1960s. Steve manages at least 80 vineyards and farms over 1,000 acres in Sonoma County. These vineyards supply grapes for more than 20 wineries, including Kistler, Hartford Court, Cakebread, DuMol and Patz & Hall. Dutton-Goldfield specializes in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and cool-climate Syrah. The Dutton-Goldfield Devil’s Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noirs are special wines. · The 2003 vintage (13.4% alc., 392 cases), has the most aging potential showing earthy, loamy and leather notes at present. The texture is silky and the fruit is highlighted by attractive violets in the nose. Reviewed July 16, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2002 Sean Thackrery Andromeda Devils Gulch Ranch Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., $50-$90 on secondary market. · Pleasing aromas of dark cherry syrup, black raspberries, chocolate, herbs and wet oak. Fully ripened fruit flavors including earth-dusted raspberries and raisins with a touch of aged dark oak in the background. Silky smooth in texture with a good acid cut at the end. This wine has aged gracefully. Reviewed January 14, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

1997 Hartford Court Marin County Pinot Noir

13.5% alc. · A very elegant and mellow wine with an appealing velvety texture. A good argument against the adage that California Pinots can’t age. Reviewed November 26, 2006 WINERY » ARTICLE »