September 29, 2015

Vineyard: Dutton Ranch Morelli Lane

OwnerDutton Ranch
AppellationRussian River Valley
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2013 Tessier Winery After Hours California Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 50 cases, $30. A tribute to the Velvet Underground and the last tract on their self-titled album, one of Kristie’s favorites: “If you close the door, the night could last forever. Leave the wineglass out and drink a toast to never.” 50% Saveria Vineyard and 50% Morelli Lane Vineyard. Aged in neutral French oak. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Uplifting aromas of cherry, cranberry and strawberry with a complimentary touch of dried herbs. Elegant and lighter in weight, but not wimpy flavor wise, with a juicy core of red fruits accented with notes of spice and a hint of red hots. A forward drinking wine, slightly chilled, perfect for the back porch after a long work day. Score: 89. Reviewed December 10, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Tessier Winery Morelli Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 170 cases, $38. Aged in 30% new French oak. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Nice contrast to the Santa Cruz Mountains bottling, showing the typical luscious fruit the Russian River Valley is known for. Hi-tone aromas of Bing cherry, raspberry, cola and baking spice set the stage. In the mouth, there is a striking attack of intensely flavored fruit, primarily black cherry, with a hint of sarsaparilla, mocha and vanilla. Nicely balanced tannins make for easy drinking now and the finish has impressive generosity. Score: 93. Reviewed December 10, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Lost Canyon Dutton Ranch Morelli Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., <575 cases, $42. · The nose is closed down but with swirling subtle aromas of strawberry, barnyard and wood spice emerge. Red berry fruits, a little baking spice, a hint of oak and herbs make up the flavor profile. A bit reserved and shallow and a touch of green on the backend. Need to try again in six months. Reviewed April 7, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

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2005 Lost Canyon Dutton Ranch Morelli Lane Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

($40) · A luscious offering with plenty of richness and creaminess. Mushroom, tea and cherry aromas followed by spicy Pinot fabulosity. The right stuff. Reviewed March 5, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Lost Canyon Dutton Ranch Morelli Vineyard Russian River Valley

14.1% alc., $40. The vineyard is located in Green Valley. Clones are 115, Pommard and Beringer. · The wine offers an aromatic charge of cherries, spice, exotic woods and floral notes. Flavors of red and black berries, tart cherries and herbs are satisfying. A hint of oak runs through from start to finish. The texture is soft and the wine is easy to drink. Similar to the Saralee’s, but more shallow and possessing less punch on the backend. Reviewed August 24, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »