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WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING ABOUT US

~ Wine Enthusiast

"It's risky to name the best producers...however, here are some of the best cool-climate Pinots: DeLoach, Dutton-Goldfield, Joseph Swan, Lynmar, Marimar Estate and Merry Edwards. Rochioli's and Williams Selyem's finest vineyards are located in the slightly warmer north...the best wines are produced in small quantities and are expensive. Compared to top Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, however, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir remains a bargain."


2011 FREESTONE HILL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"Everything about this Pinot screams quality. Although it will only improve with time, it's certainly enjoyable now for its raspberry, cherry, cola and oak flavors that will air perfectly with a great steak. The Dijon clones that constitute the blend reacted perfectly to the cool vintage, yielding ripe fruit along with tart acidity and firm tannins. Drink 2017-2027...95 points & Cellar Selection."

2011 FOX DEN VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"The interesting thing about this vineyard-designated Pinot Noir is that despite its immediate lusciousness, it also has the complexity to age—not a common combination. It's extraordinarily rich in strawberries, raspberries and pomegranate. Beyond the fruit is an earthiness that suggests mushrooms. The alcohol is refreshingly moderate, the acidity pinpoint perfect. The 2011 vintage is proving to be a great one for Dutton-Goldfield. Drink this wine now through 2023...94 points & Editors' Choice."

2011 RUED VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
"The 2011, like its predecessors, is modest in alcohol but vast in citrus, tropical fruit, honeysuckle and mineral flavors, and enriched with smoky oak and buttery notes. It has a delicate mouthfeel that makes it a joy to savor...95 points."

2011 DEVIL'S GULCH VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"From one of Marin's coolest and best-farmed vineyard sites, this offering is intoxicatingly pretty in violets and herbs, and fleshy in the mouth with gorgeous texture. Layered, structured and dancing in acidity, this is a Marin Pinot not to miss...93 points."

2011 MCDOUGALL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"This young wine needs some time in the cellar. Released at the ago of two years, it's mouthwatering in a acidity with fresh, juicy cranberry, rapsberry jam and persimmon flavors that finish spicy and long. The alcohol is refreshingly low, adding to the delicate mouthfeel. Drink 2017 and beyond...92 points & Cellar Selection."

2011 ANGEL CAMP VINEYARD PINOT NOIR

"Lush on the palate, the Dutton-Goldfield Angel Camp Pinot is integrated and silky. With a taste of black cherry and a candied quality around a core of spice, the wine evolves into a long, earthy finish, just right for a meal smothered in exotic mushrooms...91 points."

2011 EMERALD RIDGE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"Here's to the winery's Green Valley style of silkiness, tartness and moderate alcohol. In this chilly vintage, the wine treads that exciting line of barely ripe fruit, showing hints of green tomato and white pepper against a backdrop of raspberries and persimmons. It's elegant and complex; drink now-2017...91 points."

2011 WALKER HILL VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
"Another terrific 2011 Chardonnay from the winery. Grower Steve Dutton and winemaker Dan Goldfield together have negotiated the ups and downs of the chilly vintage to produce a crisp, smooth, elegant and, above all, delicious wine. It's elaborate in oak-influenced lemons, tropical fruits and sweet nectarines, with racy acidity that makes the mouth water. Drink now-2017...94 points."

2011 STICKY FINISH RIESLING
"An incredible, complex honeyed-almond burst of a sweet wine, just 12% alcohol with 19% residual sugar. With a taste of graham cracker shortbread, toffee and honeycomb, this is a seductive treat, easy going on its own, and with just the right level of acidity to pair with sharp cheeses...92 points."

2011 CHILENO VALLEY VINEYARD RIESLING
"The chilly 2011 vintage was kind to Dutton-Goldfield's whites, including this racy, clean offering. This is bone dry and modest in alcohol, with bracing acidity. Orange zest, peach and lemon flavors are marked with a distinctive petrol note...92 points & Editors' Choice."

2011 GREEN VALLEY VINEYARD GEWÜRZTRAMINER
"This is technically dry, but rich in sweet flavor—like a gingerbread cookie. There's also a lot of tangerine and pear fruit. The acidity is just fine, giving the richness a bracing quality. Try pairing this with a lightly sugared fruit tart, although it should also go with a vast range of foods, especially Asian fare...90 points."

2011 SHOP BLOCK PINOT BLANC
"This is a great white wine, especially at this price. With no oak, it shows pure, clean orange, pineapple, fig and vanilla flavors that are brightened by crisp acidity. Flashy and showy, yet complex, it's a beautiful wine to drink now...92 points."


~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2011 DEVIL'S GULCH VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"Reticent but vibrant aromas of strawberry, herbs and spices. Silky and broad, but with a light touch to the flavors of red berries, red cherry, spices and herbs. This nicely refined pinot finishes classically dry and a bit uncompromising...90."

2011 AZAYA RANCH VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"Bright, dark red. Dark cherry, berries, mocha and sassafras on the nose, lifted by rose petal and mint. Juicy, brown-spicy and energetic, showing good definition to its cranberry, black cherry and forest floor flavors. Lively and very easy to drink, finishing with a firm spine of tannins and excellent spicy length...90."

2011 FREESTONE HILL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"Full medium red. Brooding aromas of boysenberry, blackberry, licorice and exotic spices are lifted by violet and orange peel notes. Intensely flavored but a bit youthfully imploded, showing a medicinal reserve to its purple fruit and herb flavors. Not especially fleshy or sweet today but lively and firmly built, finishing with fine-grained tannins. This very promising pinot needs time in bottle to expand...91(+?)."

2011 EMERALD RIDGE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR

"Good medium red. Subtly complex nose combines strawberry, raspberry, musky fresh herbs, spices and pepper. Supple, ripe and spicy with sneaky intensity to the broad, round red berry, menthol and earth flavors. Real Burgundian spice and soil tones here. Spreads out horizontally on the back end, finishing with smooth tannins and lingering red fruit and spice notes...92."

2011 FOX DEN VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"Bright red. Dark cherry, brown spices, mocha and cola on the nose. Silky and sappy on the palate, offering sweet red fruit flavors complicated by spicy soil tones. Delivers good depth and length for 2011, finishing with suave, fine-grained tannins. Good, satisfying pinot...91."

2011 MCDOUGALL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"Bright medium red. Musky aromas of strawberry, menthol and pepper show a lightly weedy quality. Supple and sweet on entry, then a bit tart in the middle, conveying a slightly medicinal quality to the red cherry fruit. Not quite the intensity or clarity of the Devil's Gulch bottling...89."

2011 WALKER HILL VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
"Bright straw-gold. Subtly complex aromas and flavors of lemon, minerals, lees and toasty, vanillin oak. Tactile, rich and deep, with insidious acidity leavening the wine's silky texture and restraining its sweetness. Still tightly coiled on the back end, but shows more verve and minerality than the regular 2011 Dutton Ranch offering. Aeration brings a finishing note of toasted nuts...92."

2011 RUED VINEYARD CHARDONNAY

"Light, bright straw-gold. Nutty oak, oatmeal, marzipan and a leesy nuance dominate the nose. Nicely concentrated, silky and saline, with lemony acidity cutting the flavors of tropical fruits and roasted grain. Not particularly complex but I like this wine's savory umami character. Finishes with oak notes of vanilla and nuts...89."


~ Burghound

2011 FREESTONE HILL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"Here the nose runs a bit more to the red side of the fruit spectrum with lovely notes of clove, cinnamon and sandalwood. There is the same lovely sense of underlying tension and verve to the detailed medium weight flavors that possess a refined mouth feel primarily due to the fine-grain of the supporting and slightly dusty tannins. This is a bit more structured and while it certainly could be enjoyed now, it should be more than capable of reward mid-term cellaring...91 points."

2011 AZAYA RANCH VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"Here the expressive nose is a bit more elegant and complex than the 2012 Dutton with its pretty array of cassis and plum aromas that display added breadth in the form of spice and floral elements. There is good detail and punch to the utterly delicious medium weight flavors that culminate in an ever-so-mildly austere finish that is agreeably clean and dry. This restrained effort is an exercise in understatement and finesse. Worth considering...90 points."

2011 EMERALD RIDGE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"A ripe, spicy and pretty mix of plum, cassis and black cherry leads to impressively rich and voluminous medium-bodied flavors that possess a very suave and lush mouth feel. There is solid complexity and verve and about the only nit is a light touch of backend warmth. A generous and satisfying pinot that could easily be enjoyed almost immediately...89 points."

2011 ANGEL CAMP VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"Initially this was quite expressive but with extended aeration the nose became increasingly restrained with grudging aromas of spice, plum, violets and dark currants. There is a really lovely mouth feel to the attractively supple yet nicely delineated middle weight flavors that possess a lush mouth feel before culminating in a moderately complex but persistent and well-balanced finish. This is certainly pretty and if it can add depth it will more than merit my score, which currently extends the benefit of the doubt...90 points."

2011 DEVIL'S GULCH VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"This is also fresh, expressive and refined with its appealing melange of dark raspberry, cherry and exuberant spice nuances. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the round and velvety yet delineated middle weight flavors that possess plenty of palate coating dry extract. While this is not more complex than the Azaya, it is even more harmonious. A qualitative choice...90 points."

2011 FOX DEN VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"A ripe and very fresh nose offers up notes of liqueur-like black cherry and raspberry along with hints of Asian style spice elements. The delicious, intense and well-delineated medium-bodied flavors display fine mid-palate concentration befor culminating in a seductively textured finale. There is just enough finishing sweetness that some may find detracts from the overall sense of balance though I underscore that it's subtle...89 points."

2011 MCDOUGALL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"This too is more aromatically red fruit in character with its scents of cherry, raspberry and cool cranberry. I very much like the mouth feel of the vibrant, refreshing and delicious middle weight flavors that possess excellent mid-palate densite as well as delivering excellent depth and persistence on the markedly drier finish. Good stuff and well worth checking out...91 points."

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~ Wine Spectator

2011 DUTTON RANCH CHARDONNAY
"Presents a rich mix of white peach, nectarine and white flowers, both potent and graceful, lingering with a citrusy finish. Drink now through 2018...90 points & "12 Outstanding Sonoma Chardonnays."

~ Restaurant Wine

2011 RUED VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
"Exceptional: supple, rich, finely flavored and well balanced; an outstanding Chardonnay from this top vineyard. It has layers of complexity combining ripe fruit characters (peach, candied lemon, tangerine) with a floral spiciness (orange blossom), and modest oakiness. Very long finish...5 stars."

2011 DUTTON RANCH CHARDONNAY

"Richly flavored and full bodied, this is a Chardonnay with complex aromas/flavors, good balance, and a long finish, tasting of vanilla, pear, honey, butterscotch, creme brulee, pineapple, and grapefruit. One of the best versions yet of this wine..5 stars."

2011 DUTTON RANCH PINOT NOIR
"Once again, Dutton-Goldfield made excellent Pinots in 2011...Dutton Ranch Pinot is a wonderful wine: elegant and well balanced, with subtle, rich flavors, light oakiness, and a very persistent finish tasting of plum, rosehips, cherry, caramel, and smoky oak. Great value!..4 stars."

2011 FOX DEN VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"...a rich Pinot Noir with excellent balance and length. It is full bodied, velvety in texture, complex in flavor (blueberry, plum, spicy oak, nutmeg, tobacco, clove), and long and persistent on the finish. Exceptional...5 stars."

2011 DEVIL'S GULCH VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"...Burgundy-like in character (rose petal, red currant, strawberry, clove, toast); an excellent, full bodied, moderately intense wine with good balance and a long, lightly tannic finish...4 stars."

2011 FREESTONE HILL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"True to form, the Freestone Hill is an elegant, complex, full bodied Pinot Noir with a very distinctive character (rosehips, cranberry, boysenberry), good depth of flavor, and modest oakiness (toast, spicy oak). It is long and persistent on the finish and will develop with modest aging...4+ stars."

2011 MCDOUGALL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"...also outstanding: a vibrant, intensely flavored Pinot with firm acidity and a very long finish. It is full bodied, medium rich, long on the palate, and displays a range of aromas/flavors, reminiscent of black cherry, blueberry, kola nut, and spicy oak...5 stars."

2011 EMERALD RIDGE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"...velvety in texture, medium rich, and very long on the palate; a wine with layers of complexity, good balance, and a smooth, long finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of blackberry, plum, black currant, toast, nutmeg, and spicy oak. Very fine quality...5 stars."


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~ Wine & Spirits

2011 AZAYA RANCH VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield source the fruit for this wine from a vineyard in Central Marin County, mostly Dijon clones planted on a warm southwest facing slope in a small, cool valley. It's a high-toned pinot noir that shows Marin at its best, opening into a multidimensional spectrum of flavors, from pink grapefruit to star anise to red apple skin. It feels healthy, lasting on delicate mineral tannins, sunny and just plain delicious...94 points."

2011 FREESTONE HILL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR

"A sappy, warming Russian River pinot, this carries an inviting natural sweetness in its dark berry flavors, while the grip of its spicy tannins provides direction. It's powerful yet easy to drink, with a firmness to match the fat of a roast duck...91 points."

2011 WALKER HILL VINEYARD CHARDONNAY

"...breaking free from the initial scent of barrel toward a line of fresh lemon and green pear...If you come back to the wine a day later, the citrus and oak have begun to meld into layers, combining with a clean, fresh feel. This should age with grace...92 points."

2011 DUTTON RANCH PINOT NOIR
"This wine's complexity is immediately apparent, but it comes off as hard-edged when first poured. With air, the toughness of the structure begins to rustle toward fruit, still chewy, now relieved by cool scents of kelp and spice. This should reward with cellar time...90 points & A Year's Best Pinot."

~ Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine

2011 DUTTON RANCH CHARDONNAY
"Trim and tailored right from the first and showing loads of brisk, very nervy citrus-tinged fruit in league with wholly complementary oak, this compact and still-reserved effort is one that simply demands further age. It makes a bow to Burgundy when it comes to firm balance, and its complexing highlights of toast, lemon zest and wet stones come through without interference from overly obvious ripeness. It is not big and blowsy, but it is deep and long on character all the same, and it speaks with a clear and very confident voice to its cooler North Coast provenance....91 points."

2011 AZAYA RANCH VINEYARD PINOT NOIR

"Up in the northwestern corner of Marin County, an area so sparsely settled that there were, until recently, several one-room schoolhouses functioning, there stands a modest array of small vineyards near to each other but tucked away in valleys and folds, and mostly dedicated to Pinot Noir. The Azaya Ranch is one of the more recent to go in, and it has here contribvuted to a solid, refined, insistently fruity medium-bodied wine that has outpointed some of its more famous cousins to the north. With length and vitality on its side, it is sure to age well for the next several year yet...91 points."

2011 FREESTONE HILL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"This is yet another very successful wine from a cool area in a cool vintage, and while "insider geeks" who slavishly chase reduced alcohol wines somehow tend to overlook this winery, it is known to the rest of us as a producer of keenly balanced, nicely fruited wines from the very western end of the Sonoma coastlands. In this offering, the fruit is not surprisingly tilted to the tight side of the spectrum even as it delivers notes of red cherries and a supportive layer of creamy oak. It is firm but not hard on the palate and, like its siblings, will reward a patient stay in the cellar...90 points."

2011 DUTTON RANCH PINOT NOIR
"It would not surprise us to find this winery among the leading producers in 2011. The lighter wines of the vintage are going to fit Dutton Goldfield's preferred style, and this bottling follows right in step. It is medium-full-bodied, full of bright, lively fruit and hangs onto its racy impressions from first to last. Its sleek red cherry focus makes it a fine choice now for service with tangy seafoods, yet it has enough inner stuffing to grow for a few years yet....89 points."

~ Sunset International Wine Competition

2011 RUED VINEYARD CHARDONNAY ~ Silver

2011 WALKER HILL VINEYARD CHARDONNAY ~ Silver

~ Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences


2011 FREESTONE HILL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"Racy red cherry/strawberry aroma and loads of depth from notes of thyme, foret floor, and a superb acid for aging. Annually it is Dan Goldfield's top PN; this one has a long future...Exceptional."

2011 WALKER HILL VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
"Spiced citrus, lean and a bit austere, and yet the richn ess in the mid-palate is brilliant. So enticing it's almost impossible to take one sip. Best in 5-8 years...Exceptional."

2011 DUTTON RANCH PINOT NOIR
"One of the most complex wines Dan Goldfield has ever made, especially since this is a "regular" bottling and thus fairly priced. Forest floor, dried herbs, and violets with nuances of many other scents...Exceptional."

2011 CHILENO VALLEY VINEYARD RIESLING
"Bone dry, perfect varietally, and destined to be utterly awesome in 2-5 more years. Simply spectacular...Exceptional."

~ Vinography

2011 ANGEL CAMP VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"Light garnet in the glass, this wine smells of sweet raspberry fruit with a hint of earth underneath. In the mouth raspberry and sour cherry flavors mix with earthier notes and faint tannins. Excellent acidity keeps the fruit fresh and bright...9."

2011 EMERALD RIDGE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"Light purple in the glass, this wine smells of pomegranate and wonderfully floral violet aromas. In the mouth, beautifully sweet black raspberry and violet flavors mix with forest floor and darker earth tones. Remarkably bright acidity makes the fruit positively burst on the palate. Faint tannins hang in the background. Stunning...9-9.5."

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~ PinotReport

2011 EMERALD RIDGE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"...bright berry and cherry aromas with some coffee notes; rich, deep, bright cherry flavors with earthy coffee notes and some toaty oak; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Bright and rich Pinot that needs some air to open up...92."

2011 ANGEL CAMP VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"...full, dusty cherry, spice and herbal aromas; rich, complex earthy red cherry flavors with anise and herbal notes; some oak and fine tannins; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex and earthy Pinot with nice herbal and bright fruit notes...90."


~ PinotFile

2011 DEVIL'S GULCH VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
Located in the far western reaches of Marin County, this vineyard is owned and farmed by Marin County viticulture pioneer Mark Pasternak who has been ranching in Nicasio since the early 1970s. Dijon clones are planted in a steep, terraced vineyard with shallow soils. Dijon clones. � Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of dark red and black fruits with a note of forest floor and cave cellar. Very tasty core of purple fruits including plum and boysenberry, offering good depth and intensity on the mid palate, and finishing long with a riff of electric and juicy red plum fruit. Needs some time in the cellar for the aromatics to arrive and the fruit to maximize its charm...92."

2011 AZAYA RANCH VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
This vineyard is located in a cold, foggy valley in western Marin County. It was planted for the McEvoy family by Mark Pasternak on an ideal south and west facing hillside in Hicks Valley. The 18-acres contain clones 667, "828," 115, 777 and 2A. This bottling has clone 667 and "828." Aged 17 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with scents of black raspberry, Hoison sauce and dried herbs. Very plush and polished on the palate, with magnetic flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, plum and spice wrapped in fine-grain tannins and lively acidity. A marvelous wine with a memorable finish displaying great grip. The velvety texture alone is reason to clap...93."

2011 FOX DEN VINEYARD PINOT NOIR

This 8-acre vineyard is located at the far western edge of the Green Valley on Stoetz Ridge. Low vigor soil and tiny crop. Clones are 667, lesser amounts of 777 and a touch of 115. Aged 17 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Medium garnet color in the glass. Terrific nose that draws you into the glass with bright aromas of wild berries, black cherries, tea leaf and spice. Super-delicious and captivating, with layers of enticing flavors including black cherry, black raspberry, plum reduction sauce, vanilla and spice. The depth of flavor really sets this wine apart. The oak is complimentary, the mouth feel is creamy, and the lengthy finish offers a refreshing grip. A scintillating wine...95."

2011 FREESTONE HILL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
This vineyard is located on a south-facing hillside above the town of Freestone at the far southwestern edge of the Russian River Valley only a few miles inland from Bodega Bay. A very cold climate very suited to Dijon clones. Yields are low with tiny berries and thick skins. Aged 17 months in 55% new French oak barrels. Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Shy, but very lovely aromas of wild berry preserves, rose petals and spice. Delicious essence of blackberries and black plums with a wonderful spice presence which makes itself more known over time in the glass. An earthy, sous-bois underpinning adds interest. The svelte tannins are well balanced and there is admirable length to the finish. Still young and somewhat closed, but clearly an extraordinary wine...94."

2011 MCDOUGALL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR

This site is a south-facing ridge close to the coast owned by Mac, Barbara and Rich McDougall. Planted in 1988 near Hirsch and Martinelli vineyards. Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Complex nose offering aromas of dark red cherry, raspberry, iron-driven mineral, wild mint and redwood. On the palate, the wine delivers a rush of dark red cherry fruit with a wild, feral character and accents of spice and conifer. Very soft tannins make for easy drinking, and there is noticeable persistence on the cherry drop finish. Definitely better over time in the glass...92."

~ Ken's Wine Guide

2011 FREESTONE HILL VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
"This dark ruby colored Pinot opens with an attractive blueberry bouquet with a hint of black raspberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, very balanced and really smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty blueberry with hints of gentle oak and faint black currant in the background. The finish is dry and its falvors and fine tannins fade away nicely. This Pinot is very food friendly. I would apir it with pan-seared veal medallions with French morels...91."


~ Newspapers, Websites, Blogs and More

2011 RUED VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
Jefferson Cup Nominee - Jefferson Cup Competition

2011 EMERALD RIDGE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
Award of Excellence - Jefferson Cup Competition

2011 FOX DEN VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
Award of Excellence - Jefferson Cup Competition

2011 FREESTONE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
Award of Excellence - Jefferson Cup Competition

2011 SHOP BLOCK PINOT BLANC
"Whiffs of peach, grapefruit and creamy aromatics leap from the glass with lime, nectarine and almond flavors. Its irrestible freshness makes it wonderfully versatile. Serve this wine with soft cheeses and nuts, salads, delicate fish and shrimp dishes and a dessert fruit plate."
~ San Francisco Examiner.com

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