Red

2011 Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Russian River Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • SauvignJahnBlanc wrote: 82 points

    November 2, 2013 - Typical of CA pinots these days...too jammy and flat.

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3 Comments

  • Gordonium commented:

    11/4/13, 4:48 PM - Not trying to refute your note, but the last time I tasted a lineup of Dutton-Goldfield wines, I found them to be among the leanest, most acidic wines I've tried from the Russian River Valley (particularly the 2011s), and from that sampling, I would never personally have classified any of their wines as jammy or flat. Curious how different palates can have such different experiences.

  • SauvignJahnBlanc commented:

    11/4/13, 4:53 PM - Curious indeed. But over the last couple of years I've strayed away from Pinot Noirs and there are very few in my cellar. Maybe it all boils down to mutating taste buds! Do you prefer pinots from a particular region over others? I would hate to give up on them altogether!

  • Gordonium commented:

    11/4/13, 6:17 PM - Not too picky, really. I enjoy the richness and texture of the RRV, the earthy funk of Oregon, and have plenty of both in my cellar. Burgundy is hard to come by at affordable prices in my area, so I don't often drink it. While the trend in California PN has definitely been to make it overripe and over extracted (Kosta Browne taking it to the extreme), some producers have swung the other way entirely, picking at times many would consider too early. There are some excellent wines made in the middle, by producers who recognize the importance of both phenolic ripeness and acidity to balance it. My cellar is loaded with pinots from some of my favorites. Hope that helps.

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