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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
Morelli Lane is a vineyard where we actually get grapes from the three different varietals planted there: Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It lies just north of the town of Occidental in the Russian River Valley.
The ancient Zinfandel vineyard amounts to only 1.8 acres. It took a good bit of work by Steve Dutton and his crews to bring this vineyard back to life. But the effort is well worth the grapes it produces. The Morelli Lane grapes deliver deeply colored wine. The wine is lush and balanced from the moment it begins to ferment. Only a tiny amont of wine can be made from this vineyard.
The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Morelli Lane are integral components of our Dutton Ranch wines. The chardonnay from this site is full of stone fruit and pearflavors, while the old Swan clone pinot noir provides floral aromatics and juicy blackberry notes.