Dutton Ranch was established over 40 years ago by Warren Dutton in the coolest area of Sonoma, the southwestern corner of the Russian River. It's about as close to a Grand Cru country as you'll get in California.
Dutton Ranch is unique in that it is thought of as one vineyard. In reality it is a patchwork quilt of small, separate vineyards, each planted on different terroirs in order to express the most classic character of Pinot Noir.
In 1998, Warren's son, Steve, partnered with his long-time friend, Dan Goldfield. Steve had worked with his father at Dutton Ranch, so his credentials were untouchable. Dan had worked for some of the benchmarks in California wine like Mondavi, Schramsberg and La Crema. Their visions were so perfectly aligned that they could even agree on going outside Dutton Ranch to source the best grapes available in places like Mendocino, Monterey and Marin.
Our selection comes from a sub-appellation on the Dutton Ranch in Green Valley, one of the best Pinot Noir secrets in California. Great wines from this area have been produced for 40 years, and this beauty is no exception.
Plush raspberry and cotton candy essences emanate from the glass in waves of sensuous beauty and seem to seamlessly deposit those flavors on the palate, sprinkling speckles of earth, spice and leather along the way. It finishes, but never goes away.