The winter rains and mild summer weather made for beautiful canopies on our pinot vineyards in 2017, helping protect the grapes from the Labor Day weekend heat spike. Two of the core vineyards in the blend were picked in late August, the majority of the remainder came in the following week, with the last few harvested by the end of September. Our 2017 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir leads with a beautiful combination of sweet berries and woodsy spice, with black cherry, raspberry, and boysenberry aromas framed with violets, redwood brush, and cinnamon. In the mouth, the wine is both silky and lithe yet firm, with juicy sweet cherry and blackberry flavors edged with cranberry and spice box. This crowd-pleaser of a wine matches with anything from a chunk of Manchego to mushroom pizza, or pasta to roasted guinea fowl or lamb kabobs.
91: Robert Whitely. 92: Connoisseurs' Guide. 90: Planet Grape. 90: Wine Enthusiast. 91, James Suckling. 92, Wine Spectator.