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Dutton-Goldfield

Owner(s) Steve Dutton, Dan Goldfield
Web site www.duttongoldfield.com
 
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Dutton-Goldfield

These are exceptional wines from a very talented winemaker, Dan Goldfield, and noted viticulturalist Warren Dutton's son, Steve Dutton. Founded in 1998, the winery's Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Syrahs, and Zinfandels are highly recommended. Grapes are sourced from several Dutton properties in the Russian River Valley and Green Valley as well as Sonoma Coast and Marin County sources. 80 acres owned. Annual production is 7,000 cases, 95% of which comes from Steve Dutton's vineyards.

The Dutton-Goldfield Tasting Room opened in early 2010 at 3100 Gravenstein North in Sebastopol. The hours are 10:00 to 4:30 daily. 707-827-3600. The wines are largely sold to a mailing list who receive an informative newsletter.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

13.5% alc., pH 3.47, TA 0.62, 3,343 cases, $38. Sourced from Dutton’s Mill Station, Walker Hill, Rued, Morelli Lane and JJJS vineyards. Indigenous and inoculated yeast fermentation. 100% barrel fermentation, 100% MLF. Aged 10 months in 40% new French oak barrels with twice monthly lees stirring. · Light golden yellow and clear in the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, white peach and subtle oak. Soft in the mouth and delicately flavored with citrus fruits the main theme. On the lean side, but crisp and pleasant with oak playing a complimentary roll. A sneaky wine that draws you in over time as nuances surface with every sip. Score: 89. Reviewed January 20, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.60, 5,762 cases, $40. Sourced from 9 vineyards. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, 14-20 days on skins, aged 10 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. The aromas leap from the glass, offering very bright scents of cherry, strawberry, rose and spice. On the palate, the flavors of black cherry, cranberry, and nutmeg are satisfying and persist through a generous finish which displays a citrus-driven spark of acidity. The vibrant acidity really stands out in this wine, making for thirst-quenching pleasure. Score: 90. Reviewed January 20, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Dutton-Goldfield Azaya Ranch Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

13.5% alcl., pH 3.53, TA 0.60, 219 cases, $58. This vineyard is located in a cold, foggy valley in western Marin County. It was planted for the McEvoy family by Mark Pasternak on an ideal south and west facing hillside in Hicks Valley. The 18-acres contain clones 667, “828,” 115, 777 and 2A. This bottling has clone 667 and “828.” Aged 17 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with scents of black raspberry, Hoison sauce and dried herbs. Very plush and polished on the palate, with magnetic flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, plum and spice wrapped in fine-grain tannins and lively acidity. A marvelous wine with a memorable finish displaying great grip. The velvety texture alone is reason to clap. Score: 93. Reviewed December 18, 2013 ARTICLE »

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 ARTICLE »

2011 Dutton-Goldfield Fox Den Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 383 cases, pH 3.56, TA 0.62, 383 cases, $58. This 8-acre vineyard is located at the far western edge of the Green Valley on Stoetz Ridge. Low vigor soil and tiny crop. Clones are 667, lesser amounts of 777 and a touch of 115. Aged 17 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Medium garnet color in the glass. Terrific nose that draws you into the glass with bright aromas of wild berries, black cherries, tea leaf and spice. Super-delicious and captivating, with layers of enticing flavors including black cherry, black raspberry, plum reduction sauce, vanilla and spice. The depth of flavor really sets this wine apart. The oak is complimentary, the mouth feel is creamy, and the lengthy finish offers a refreshing grip. A scintillating wine. Score: 95. Reviewed December 18, 2013 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 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 ARTICLE »

2011 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch - Freestone Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.60, 503 cases, $72. This vineyard is located on a south-facing hillside above the town of Freestone at the far southwestern edge of the Russian River Valley only a few miles inland from Bodega Bay. A very cold climate very suited to Dijon clones. Yields are low with tiny berries and thick skins. Aged 17 months in 55% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Shy, but very lovely aromas of wild berry preserves, rose petals and spice. Delicious essence of blackberries and black plums with a wonderful spice presence which makes itself more known over time in the glass. An earthy, sous-bois underpinning adds interest. The svelte tannins are well balanced and there is admirable length to the finish. Still young and somewhat closed, but clearly an extraordinary wine. Score: 94. Reviewed December 18, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

13.5% alc., pH 3.49, TA 0.66, 2,336 cases, $35. Released March 2012. Sourced from five Dutton Ranch vineyards with 40% from Mill Station Vineyard. 100% barrel fermented. Aged 10 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Attractive aromas of fresh pears, lemon and roasted nuts. Flavors of baked pears, green apple, and citrus in a crisp, bright style with some length on the refreshing lemon-driven finish. A terrific food wine. Very good. Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.58, 2,598 cases, $38. Released February 2012. The winery’s flagship bottling composed of five vineyard sources including Emerald Ridge and Freestone Hill. Aged 10 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Fresh and aromatic featuring black cherry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit making an impression on the mid palate and finishing softly with mild fine-grain tannins. Spice and complimentary oak add interest. A solid everyday table wine. Good (+). Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Dutton-Goldfield Angel Camp Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

83 cases, $58. Limited release to Wine Club. First Anderson Valley Pinot Noir for Dutton-Goldfield. · Perfume and flavors of dark red and black stone fruits with a complimentary note of savory herbs and oak. Discreetly concentrated with fine-grain tannins, zippy acidity and good finishing length. Very good. Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Dutton-Goldfield Azaya Ranch Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

30-40 cases, $58. From a vineyard farmed by Mark Pasternak on Hicks Valley Road near Corda Family and Stubbs vineyards. Mark planted this 18-acre vineyard in 2006 with Dijon 115, 667, 777, 828, Swan and 2A clones. DeLoach, Hartford Court and Woodenhead are also in line for fruit in the future. Inaugural bottling from this very cool site. · Open and generous nose with aromas of fresh pie berries, spice and loamy earth. Delicate, yet flavorful core of dark red stone fruits and berries caressed by well-ripened, mildly firm tannins, and infused by bright acidity. A winegasm. Very good (++). Reviewed April 4, 2012 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 ARTICLE »

2010 Dutton-Goldfield Fox Den Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.47, TA 0.58, 356 cases, $58. Released November 2011 but still available. From a new vineyard source previously used for Orogeny wines, planted by Dan and Steve in 2002 and located near Occidental. Clones 667, 777 and 115. Highest natural acidity of all the Pinot Noirs. Aged 17 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Very aromatic with hi-spirited scents of fresh berry mash, blueberry pie and spice. Moderately intense on the mid palate with flavors of raspberries, cherries and a hint of oak, all wrapped in dusty tannins. Notable for a lively cut of acid on the juicy finish. Very good. Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0,63, 2,892 cases, $38. This wine represents the character of Dutton Ranch vineyards in the cooler areas of the Russian River Valley and in particular, the Green Valley. Vineyards include Maurice Galante, Marty’s, Silva, Morelli Lane and Fox Den. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, aged 10 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · An appealing wine with a nose replete with aromas of blackberries, black cherries and spicy oak and flavors of black plums, blackberries and baking spice. Juicy and moderately plush on the palate with an impressively long finish. Very good. Reviewed July 23, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Dutton-Goldfield Morelli Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel

14.3% alc., pH 3.58, TA 0.64, 214 cases, $40. This 19th century planting is located north of Occidental on the far western edge of the Russian River Valley appellation. The grapes come from a dry farmed, head trained 1.8-acre block that is left of an ancient vineyard. Left unfarmed for years, the Duttons revived the vineyard in 1995. Its cool proximity to the coast gives this wine exceptional brightness and moderate alcohol. 100% de-stemmed, 7-day cold soak, gentle punchdowns, aged 16 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Dutton-Goldfield is only the winery making Zinfandel from this vineyard. · An elegant style of Zinfandel with appealing aromas and flavors of cherries, raspberries, anise, spice and vanilla. The tannins are soft and restrained making for easy drinking. A Zinfandel for Pinot lovers. Very good. Reviewed July 23, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Dutton-Goldfield Cherry Ridge Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley Syrah

13.7% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.68, 370 cases, $35. Located on the western side of Green Valley just north of the Petaluma Wind Gap. At 900 feet, 3 acres of Syrah are planted to four clones in an area temperate enough to ripen Syrah. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, aged 20 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · This cool-climate Syrah is consistently one of California’s best. Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas are bright and intense, offering notes of black cherries, spice and white pepper. Impressive mid palate intensity with black cherry flavors really standing out and following through to the generous finish. The tannins are well-proportioned and the acidity lifts the fruit to impressive heights of vibrancy. I am slowly becoming a fan of cool-climate Syrah because of its kinship to Pinot Noir in style. Very good (+). Reviewed July 23, 2011 ARTICLE »

2007 Dutton-Goldfield Devil’s Gulch Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.63, 325 cases, $58. · Deeper colored than the 2006 vintage. Initially subdued, the nose explodes with time in the glass offering intense scents of wild berries and fresh cherries, spice and toasted bread. Hard to turn your nose away from this perfume. Delicious red and black fruit core with ripe soft tannins and a subtle citrus underpinning. Appealing finesse and impeccable balance. Fresher and richer than the excellent 2006 vintage. Still great two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Choose any superlative you want. Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Sanchietti Vineyard Green Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 345 cases, $58. · Now this is what I’m talking about. Nuanced and enticing nose featuring pretty aromas of red and black berry jam, crushed strawberries, wine cellar, vanillin and spice. Full-on attack of seductive berry fruit that is earthy and juicy leading to an aromatic and fruity persistent finish with a subtle kick of acidity. Very charming with velvety tannins, perfect weight and balance. This wine is a superb example of how you can craft great Pinot Noir at moderate alcohol levels. This wine shows the stamp of a gifted winemaker (Dan Goldfield). Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Dutton-Goldfield Freestone Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 537 cases, $58. · Fruity nose of grapes and berries with notes of spice and Coca-Cola. Lush, ripe and sweet mouth coating fruits with a long and powerful fruity finish. The tannins are restrained and the refreshing acidity makes the wine easily approachable now. Well-proportioned and nicely balanced. Very good. Reviewed February 15, 2010 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 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 ARTICLE »

2006 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13% alc., $38. · Mineral imbibed black cherry scents evolve in the glass to a purely dark fruit compote which is very alluring. Black raspberry flavors are set off by a hint of oak. The texture is soft and the finish pleasantly tangy with some unresolved tannins. Plenty to like here. Reviewed January 20, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Dutton-Goldfield Devils Gulch Ranch Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., $55 (Magnums are $115). · More red-toned than the 2002 vintage. Bright red berry and red cherry aromas with a touch of herbs and vanilla. Strawberry, cherry and cassis flavors with a nice tang, ripe tannins, and a persistent dry finish with uplifting acidity. A sexy wine with plenty of silkiness and finesse, yet enough structure to age well. Reviewed January 14, 2009 ARTICLE »

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

13.6% alc., pH 3.65, 331 cases, $58. Sourced from Mark Pasternak’s vineyard that combines steep terraces, shallow soil, harsh climate, and well-chosen Dijon clones to produce small crops of unique fruit. · Very pleasant scents of wild berries, cardamon spice and oak. Nice mix of wild berry, plum, and toasty oak flavors that are juicy and vibrant sparked by a good vein of acidity. The middle attack is impressive, followed by a gentle dance on the palate, leading to a lingering, silky, fruity finish. Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2005 Dutton-Goldfield Sanchietti Vineyard Old Clone Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

$48. · Martini clones. The aromatics are flat and non-expressive. Memorable black raspberry finish that goes on and on. Brooding and needs time or decanting. Reviewed March 23, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Freestone Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 361 cases, $58. Located at the southwestern edge of Green Valley. Dijon clones. Very small yields with tight bunches and tiny thick-skinned berries. · Interesting aromatic profile of flowers, smoke, sap and oak. Earthy, grilled, smoky dark fruits with a hint of tobacco. Showing primarily secondary bouquet and flavors without the vibrant fruit shown on release, but will appeal to fans of aged Pinot Noir. Decent (+). Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2005 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch/Freestone Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 361 cases, $58. The vineyard was planted in 1997 on the far southwest edge of the Russian River appellation. Clones 667, 115 and 2A. Aged 17 months in 55% new French oak. · Deep and haunting aromatics featuring black cherries and wild blackberries. A plush mouthful of dark Pinot extract with a hint of herbs, spice and earth. Succulent and robust with a long, scented aftertaste. Beautifully balanced, clean and pure. Power without flab. This one makes you want to clap your hands. Reviewed January 20, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch/Sanchietti Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.8%, $58. alc., 343 cases, Goldfield has worked with fruit from this vineyard at La Crema and Hartford Court before bottling it under the Dutton-Goldfield label beginning in 2002. · A fruit driven beauty with demure dark red Pinot fruits that are elegant and juicy. More subdued and sensuous than the Freestone Hill with well-concealed tannins, it will be even better with more time in the bottle. Reviewed January 20, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Dutton-Goldfield Freestone Hill Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

$58. 115, 667, Wädenswil · Earth and forest floor in the nose that is echoed in the flavors. Big, chewy dark fruit. Plenty of tannin. Reviewed March 23, 2008 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 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 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 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 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 ARTICLE »

2002 Dutton-Goldfield Devils Gulch Ranch Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 431cases. · Dark violet color. Extremely attractive nose of crushed berries, confected strawberries, herbs, leather and good barnyard. Exotic wild berry flavors with an appealing earthy overtone, ample acidity, supple tannins and a pleasing, dry finish. This wine delivers the goods like a young wine. Impeccable balance portends a long life ahead and this wine might outlive Dan! Reviewed January 14, 2009 ARTICLE »