Climate Grape Growing In
The Vineyard Russian
River Valley Green
VINEYARD PROFILES Angel Camp Azaya Ranch Cherry Ridge Devil's Gulch Emerald Ridge Fox Den Freestone Hill Green Valley JJJS Maurice Galante McDougall Mill Station Morelli Lane Rued Shop Block Silva Walker Hill
The Freestone HIll Vineyard is farmed by the Dutton family. Located on a south-facing hillside overlooking the tiny town of Freestone, the vineyard lies just inside the southwest corner of the Russian River Valley AVA. The first Dutton-Goldfield Freestone Hill Pinot Noir came from the 1999 vintage. The wine throws a complex set of aromas leading with blackberry, violet and a coriander-like aroma we refer to as "Freestone Spice." The vineyard is planted to Dijon clones and is the epitome of what we expect from a cold-climate Pinot Noir vineyard. In years when the harvest gives us fruit that stands out as truly unique and different, we will bottle this wine separately as a one of our single-vineyard designate wines; in other years, it will be blended into our Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir to add that exotic spice component to the wine.