VOLUME 10, ISSUE 8
April 20, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Onward Wines: Pinot Noir & Pet-Nat Too Pellegrini Wine Company & Olivet Lane Vineyard: New Incarnation of a Heritage Estate Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir, Rosé & Chardonnay 2013 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay: Part of the New Wave in Oregon Pinot Briefs Winemaker Up Close & Personal:-Faith Armstrong-Foster of Onward Wines
This winery specializes in vineyard-designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc from the Dutton family’s estate vineyards at Dutton Ranch in the Green Valley, Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations. Established in 1995 by Tracy and Joe Dutton as Sebastopol Vineyards, winemaker Mat Gustafson crafts the Dutton Estate wines as well as those released under the Sebastopol Vineyards label which are a broader representation of the appellations. Gustafson has been the winemaker since 2002. The Dutton Ranch was founded in 1964 by noted Sonoma County viticulturist Warren Dutton. Today, Dutton Ranch farms 1150 acres of grapes and 150 acres of apples.
The wines are available on the website and through retailer www.klwines.com. A 2007 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir and 2007 Jewell Block Pinot Noir are also available.
A tasting room is open daily 11:00-5:00 at 8757 Green Valley Road.
Articles About Dutton Estate
2012 Dutton Estate Karmen Isabella-Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.6% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.55, 1805 cases, $40. Dutton Ranch farms over 80 unique vineyards in the cooler areas of the Russian River Valley, primarily in the Green Valley AVA. This wine resulted from a selection of 3 favorite vineyards (Thomas Road, Marty’s and Manzana) representing the Duttons’ vision of a signature Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Clones “828,” 777 and 115 planted in Goldridge soil. 100% destemmed, 5-day cold soak, three punch downs daily, aged 10 months in 33% new French oak barrels. The final blend is a barrel selection of reserve quality. Winemaker is Terry Adams. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Bright perfume of fresh Bing cherries, raspberries and toasty oak. Upon entry, the wine fills the mouth with pure cherry pleasure and hints of cola and oak spice. A sophisticated offering that is forward and easy to like, with supple tannins, vibrancy, a silky mouth feel, and a luscious cherry-themed finish. Score: 93. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2007 Dutton Estate Winery Karmen-Isabella Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.9% alc., 625 cases, $30. · Wonderful aromatics featuring concentrated berry fruit with a hint of oak, herbs, spice, brown sugar and brioche. Tasty cherry and berry core with hint of spice. Lacks a little impression on the mid-palate but shows some persistence on the generous finish. Won’t disappoint at this price. Very good (+). Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »
2007 Dutton Estate Dutton Ranch Karmen Isabella Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.9% alc., 625 cases, $37. Composed of fruit from three selected vineyards at Dutton Ranch in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley. · Stunning aromas of fresh Bing cherries and strawberries. Luscious core of cherries, strawberries and cassis create a rich and vivid middle palate. All silk and satin in texture with alcohol providing a sweet plushness. A hedonistic Pinot Noir that will please lovers of virile fruit. I usually go for a lighter touch, but this one really grabbed my attention. Reviewed October 29, 2009 ARTICLE »
2007 Dutton Estate Dutton Ranch Dutton-Thomas Road Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 275 cases, $45. · Lovely aroma of fresh cherry tart. Red cherry and berry fruit is front and center with a touch of earthiness. Very supple in the mouth with well-concealed tannins and impeccable balance. More finesse and less persistence than the Karmen Isabella bottling, but very satisfying in its own right. Very good. Reviewed October 29, 2009 ARTICLE »
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