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WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING ABOUT US - 2008 VINTAGE

~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

"Medium red. Reticent but lively nose offers raspberry, flowers, spices and intriguing soil tones. Fat, sweet, creamy and rich, with good pinot cut and lift to the black fruit flavors. Nicely harmonious acidity frames and extends the wine's fruit...91." [2008 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir]

"Good deep red with ruby highlights. High-pitched, perfumed aromas of black fruits, eucalyptus, white pepper and flowers. Then juicy and precise, with bright acidity and a lightly medicinal quality contributing cut but keeping the wine's dark fruit flavors under wraps today. Finishes with firm tannins and good verve. A bit youthfully aggressive today, this wine will merit a higher score if it gains in sweetness and flesh with bottle age...91(+)?" [2008 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir}

"Bright red-ruby. Reticent, lower-toned nose hints at black cherry and mocha. Concentrated and chocolatey, but less agreeably fruit and lively today than the basic RRV bottling. There's an edge of acidity here but I wanted more lift and cut. Finishes with dusty tannins. I'd give this wine a year in the cellar...90." [2008 Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir]

"Good bright, deep red. Aromas of blueberry, cherry vanilla, cola and tobacco are a bit low-toned. Then moderately dense and fleshy in the mouth, with good energy but limited sweetness to the black raspberry and cola flavors. Finishes with firm, dusty tannins...88." [2008 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir]

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~ Wine Enthusiast

"This vineyard has proven itself for so many years that it's practically a guarantee of greatness. This 2008 is a real stunner. It's so rich and exotic, so balanced and dry, so clean. Dazzles with pear, pineapple, lychee, roasted hazelnut, creme brulee, buttered toast, honey and spice flavors, wrapped into a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Brilliant and compelling...96 points."[2008 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay]

"Extraordinary for how drinkable it is right now, and for how it will evolve. Shows the crisp acidity and minerality of this cool-climate vineyard, with rich flavors of raspberries, cherry liqueur, cola, exotic spices, vanilla, buttered cinnamon toast and smoky sandalwood. Yet the tannic integrity should help it change in fascinating ways over the next six years...95 points." [2008 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir]

"Beautiful and likeable for its dryness, crisp minerality, and the sleek, clean mouthfeel. The fruit suggests oak-inspired pears, oranges and citrons. This elegant quaff gets better as it warms in the glass...92 points." [2008 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay]

"Notable for its fine minerality and acidity and distinguished mouthfeel...offers intricate raspberry, sour cherry candy, blueberry, cola and sandalwood flavors...92 points." [2008 Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir]

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~ Wine Spectator

"A notably delicate, elegant, richly flavored wine, with good depth and complexity, while remaining light on its feet. Offers supple plum, cherry and floral scents that are intense and persistent...90 points." [2008 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir]

"Starts out racy, floral and grassy, yet folds together into a richer, more complete with, with pretty lemon meringue, mineral and light cedar touches. Most interesting on the finish. Drink now through 2015...90 points." [2008 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay]

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~ Restaurant Wine

" A pair of excellent Chardonnays. The Dutton Ranch is full bodied, crisp, and long on the palate, with a finish tasting of grapefruit, vanilla, candied lemon, peach, caramel, and orange blossom. Very fine quality.
The Rued Vineyard is fleshy and full bodied; a concentrated yet balanced wine with intense fruit and oak character, and a long, lightly oaky finish. It tastes of lime, caramel, roasted nut, lemon peel, pineapple, and toast."
2008 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay - 4 stars
2008 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay - 4+ stars

"Rich, complex, and crisp; a fine Syrah with intense character (plum, kola nut, clove, black olive, toast, black licorice), and a crisp, persistent finish. Exceptional."
2008 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah - 5 stars

"A trio of fine 2008 Pinot Noirs. The Dutton Ranch Pinot is a complex, medium rich, crisp Pinot Noir, with excellent flavor and length. It tastes of plum, clove, rosehips, pepper, vanilla, and spicy oak. Very persistent finish.
The Sanchietti bottling is supple and rich; a smoothly textured, full bodied wine, with layers of complexity (clove, kola nut, orange peel, dried raspberry, aniseed), and a smooth, crisp finish. Quite full in style.
The Devil�s Gulch Pinot is near-Burgundian in character: aromatic and finely flavored, with full body, firm acidity, and a very persistent finish. It tastes of cherry, orange blossom, toast, raspberry, and spicy oak.
2008 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir - 4 stars
2008 Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir - 4+ stars
2008 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir - 5 stars

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~ Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine

"A mannerly and measured wine, it sports plenty of Gala apple and Meyer lemon fruit yet that fruit always stays within itself and shows a certain youthful restraint at this point in its development. A slightly rounded palatal impression is buttressed at every stop by firming acids, and it is the wine's crisp balance that ultimately propels it and defines its style. Put some away and watch it fill out...90 points." [2008 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay]

"Very keenly focused aromas of blackberries and stone fruits are joined by enriching notes of roasted vanilla beans and a touch of caramel in the youthfully tight yet very much on-point aromas. Fairly full and well-balanced on the palate at entry, then drifting into a crisp, pert finish and tightening up some as it goes, this is a wine that should unfold handsomely with three to five years of bottle age and could last longer still...90 points." [2008 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel]

"While all of the Dutton-Goldfield pinots sport a fair streak of acidity and are built along slightly leaner lines, this sleek, firmly balanced effort shows the keenest sense of pure varietal fruit. Its insistent themes of well-ripened cherries are accented with subtle oak spice and a hint of violet, and, if admittedly still a touch tight, it has the vitality and balance to age famously...90 points." [2008 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir]

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~ Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences

"The aroma is deep and fairly concentrated...hints of Corton indicate it could be Burgundian in some years...Amazing depth and balance...Exceptional." [2008 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir]

"Wild, rustic sort of aroma...Grenache-ish sort of pomegranate aroma now, and should age well...Exceptional." [2008 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir]

"...faint toast, cinnamon and toffee notes, and a shy personality emanating from strawberry and cherry...Exceptional." [2008 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir]

"Broad, ripe and layered wine that is as big and chewy as a light red. But with lemon, tangerine, and a lot less oak than many wineries offer in their top-of-the-line whites...Exceptional." [2008 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay]

"Amazing aroma of rose petals, grapefruit, and jasmine with a lichee nut note. Bone dry, but still rather succulent. A remarkable wine in that it is bone dry yet does not have any bitterness, a drawback often with such wines...Wine of the Week." [2008 Green Valley Vineyard Gewurztraminer]

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~ Ken's Wine Guide

"This dark ruby colored Pinot opens with very fragrant ripe red raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, very nicely balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a very tasty red raspberry jam with delicate oak nicely blended in. the finish is dry and its well managed tannins are delicate and drift along nicely. This wine would be a perfect match for veal marsala...91." [2008 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir]


"This very opaque and dark purple colored Pinot opens with an attractive and mild black raspberry bouquet with a slight hint of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, well balanced, elegant and silky. The flavor profile is a delicious blend of mild black raspberry and black cherry with a touch of spice. The finish and its well managed tannins drift away nicely. This very refined Pinot is super food-friendly and would pair perfectly with a butterflied filet mignon...90.5." [2008 Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir]

"This light colored Chard opens with very fragrant tropical fruit bouquet. There are hints of pineapple, baked apple, mild oak, and spice peaking through. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and has a round mouthfeel. The flavor profile is a mild oak influenced ripe green apple with a hint of pineapple and butterscotch. The finish is quite dry and it is very refreshing for a Chard. It would pair well with chicken, penne, and peas in a thick white cream sauce...90." [2008 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay]

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~ Newspapers, Websites, Blogs and More

"This syrah really comes together so perfectly. It has a deep rich red color and a concentrated richness of cherries and spice with a pleasing woodiness. It's lush on the palate, with a splendid balance of rich fruit and soft tannins. Here's a wine that can be consumed now with rich grilled meats, pasta with meat sauces, etc. I just enjoyed a glassful, but you ought to age some for a few years. Fine price at $35." [2008 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah]
~ Narsai David, KCBS


"...powerful for a pinot, with dense, chewy tannins and bright tart acidity. It's an intensely flavored and concentrated wine, with rich blackberry and pomegranate flavors. This spicy wine has notes of slate and black pepper, and it brings out the herbal character of Thanksgiving stuffing beautifully. This wine is a "wow"...Best Wine for Thanksgiving-Pinot Noir Stars [2008 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir] ~ Serious Eats

 

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