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2016 Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch Freestone Hill Vineyard

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The two blocks are harvested and fermented separately, but were blended soon after draining for long development in the barrel. To showcase the focus and concentration of this offering, no press wine is used in the blend. The individual lots are hand sorted and destemmed into small open top fermenters and the must is the cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. Because of its extremely small berries and thick skins, Freestone sees fewer and gentler punchdowns than many less demanding vineyards. The wine was racked in the spring of 2017 to hone the barrel choices. The unctuous, concentrated Freestone fruit beautifully handles the sweet wood of Fouquet barrels and the mushroom of Seguin Moreau Icone barrels. Food Pairing Notes Try it with a mushroom tart, duck confit, or potato and bacon au gratin.

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