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Dutton-Goldfield Emerald Ridge Pinot Noir 2016
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This is a red wine imageDutton-Goldfield Emerald Ridge Pinot Noir 2016

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James Suckling 92
Full and rather silky, in spite of the generous tannins, this is a serious Russian River Valley pinot noir with ripe sour cherries and delicate spice. Long, fresh and minerally finish that suggests this has a good future.
by James Suckling, JS, 2019.

Wine Enthusiast 94
From an east-facing knoll in the heart of the appellation, this is an earthy red showing barrel oak and tea accents lifted by bright acidity and ongoing freshness. Blueberry, pomegranate ... read more
This is a red wine
Item ID: #37003
Shelf at store:50c
Size: 750mL (wine)

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James Suckling 92
Full and rather silky, in spite of the generous tannins, this is a serious Russian River Valley pinot noir with ripe sour cherries and delicate spice. Long, fresh and minerally finish that suggests this has a good future.
by James Suckling, JS, 2019.

Wine Enthusiast 94
From an east-facing knoll in the heart of the appellation, this is an earthy red showing barrel oak and tea accents lifted by bright acidity and ongoing freshness. Blueberry, pomegranate and rhubarb flavors mingle around layered tannins and a light body. The texture is taut yet lush, with a savory baking-spice component.
by Wine Enthusiast, VB, 2019.

Wine Spectator 91
Seductive smoky hints accent the red fruit and berry flavors. White pepper and spice notes emerge on the full, ripe finish.
by Wine Spectator, KM, 2019.

Wine Advocate 91+
Seductive smoky hints accent the red fruit and berry flavors. White pepper and spice notes emerge on the full, ripe finish.

Tasting notes
The nose is enveloping with its blueberry and blackberry jam notes, highlighted by touches of violets and wisteria, and a light candied caramel quality. In the mouth, the wine is equally rich and decadent, with the berries riding on a wave of satin. Spicy notes of sandalwood and toffee linger on the rich fruit finish.

Vinification
After hand sorting and destemming each block into small open top fermenters, the must is cold soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. Each clone is treated individually: the Pommard/2A block needs the gentlest handling given its highly tannic nature, while the 828 generally likes the longest time in the fermenter to enhance its floral aromatics. The lots are punched down between 1 and 3 times per day depending on the stage of fermentation, and character of the lot. The blend was put together in May of 2017, then sent back to barrel just bottling in August of 2017 to capture the bright, fresh juiciness of this vintage. This year we loved the floral spice of Cadus Allier barrels, and the solid bass notes of Taransaud for our Emerald Ridge. Aged 10 months in French oak (50 new barrels).

Estate
Dutton-Goldfields mission is to craft world-class wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate home, through a brightness of fruit, complexity, structure and balance. The winery was born of a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized this shared vision.

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Dutton-Goldfield WineryDutton-Goldfield Winery began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them--to craft wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate vineyards, and which they'd enjoy drinking at their own dinner tables.

A fifth-generation farmer, Steve grew up with a love of driving tractors, and without any doubt about his future career. His father, Warren Dutton, had begun growing grapes in the western reaches of Russian River Valley in the mid-1960s, at a time when most people thought the area was too cool to grow fruit for quality still wine. Steve started working with his father when he was five years old, and joined Dutton Ranch full-time in 1987. Today, along with his mother and brother, he manages the family business, which has grown from its original 35-acre home shop vineyard to over 80 separate vineyards comprising more than 1,000 acres throughout western Russian River Valley.

After graduating from Boston's Brandeis University, Dan headed west to begin a career in research chemistry, with a few detours for skiing and hiking on the way. Always an outdoor enthusiast, the life of lab work was quickly replaced with a dream of winemaking when his brother turned him on to the 1969 Burgundies. Dan entered the University of California at Davis, graduating with an M.S. in Enology in 1986. He gained knowledge on the job with stints at Robert Mondavi Winery and Schramsberg as well as winemaking in Portugal for two years. He found his passion in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, first as the winemaker at the Burgundian-focused La Crema Winery, and then at Hartford Court, which was created under his direction. Dan's appreciation for the beauty of the extraordinary landscape around our home is reflected in his winemaking.

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