Somewhat better than the last bottle we had, but there still is this sense that something is missing. Pretty good, but not what I expect from DG. And the QPR just doesn't hold up. I would certainly continue to buy the DG single vineyard pinots (e.g., I bought even more of the 2010 Fox Den after tasting it); they usually get it right, and their pinots tend to have a real sense of terroir. One other thought: if you are holding any of the Angel Camp, I suggest you pop open a bottle and see what you think. You may disagree with me completely and/or you may agree with me that this is not wine to hold for long in the cellar.
See my March 19, 2013, note. There's just so little of the interesting smells and taste that one would expect from this wine. Indeed, not even as much as with prior bottles. It's not that it's a bad bottle of wine, there's just not a whole lot going on. It's not "tight" in wine-speak, rather, there's almost a flatness to it. And I see very little likelihood of this wine maturing. Again, not bad, just no where near where I expect a DG pinot to be. Now as to the QPR, it IS bad.
See my 10/10/12 notes. Pretty consistent, although I believe even more strongly after this bottle that this is not a wine that will benefit all that much from longer term cellaring. The guts just don't seem to be there. In fact, although the wine is drinking quite nicely now (with some aeration), I won't keep the remaining two bottles in our cellar for much longer.
Really nice first time effort for Dutton from this vineyard. The winery's tasting notes for this wine are spot on. Lovely bouquet, that opened up even more when I finished the bottle on the second day. Lighter burgundy on appearance, not the deep color sometimes seen these days in Cali pinots. Smooth, round and consistent mouthfeel and finish. A hint of tannins, yet, with nothing really needing to resolve. Taste plums and cherries, wrapped with what is almost a sweet creaminess. There's a red brightness that is right on the verge of being distracting, but this taste softened as the bottle opened, and was in the right place on the second day. This would suggest that although this wine is drinking well right now, a year or so more laying down would probably bring the wine up a notch. On the other hand, I don't believe this is a wine for long term holding: the structure isn't there. Wait 6-12 months, then drink your next bottle.