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
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Dutton Ranch is comprised of over eighty separate small vineyards, each with its own characteristics. Most of the wine from our chosen vineyards (seven Pinot Noir, five Chardonnay) goes to comprise the Dutton Ranch blends. Certain specific lots from unique pieces of land with great individual personality will be bottled on their own as small releases of sub-vineyard designated wines.
Dutton-Goldfield's Dutton Ranch Chardonnay emphasizes the bright crystalline citrus flavors and tropical overtones that reflect the pair's vision of classic Russian River Valley Chardonnay. The Rued Vineyard Chardonnay is produced from a hillside vineyard planted by Warren Dutton in 1969 with a high percentage of a particularly floral, high-toned Chardonnay clone, now broadly known as the Rued clone. This is a wine with exceptional richness, intense tropical aromas and exotic flavors.
The Pinot Noir vineyards Dutton-Goldfield selects for their wines have an even broader array of flavor differences. Grapes from the east side provide darker fruit flavors with higher tannins, while the western vineyards impart more spice and red fruits to the wine. Dutton-Goldfield's Pinots range from classic blackberry, cherry and spice flavors in the Dutton Ranch blend; to an elegant Burgundian structure and cranberry aromas in the Devil's Gulch; deep, ripe blackberry fruit in the Galante; and rich, dense boysenberry with exotic spice notes in the Freestone Hill. In any given year, Dutton-Goldfield Winery might release five to upwards of ten different wines from the cool climes of Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Marin County to the south. Steve and Dan are constantly searching for new vineyards where everything comes together perfectly.