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  • The harvest avalanche continues

    September 10, 2021 15:21

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    Vineyards just before picking.
    Top: Fox Den Pinot, Rued Vineyard Chardonnay. Bottom: Shop Block Pinot Blanc, Jentoft Pinot


    The wild ride continues

    While our weather has been fairly mild since we started picking our grapes (other than Labor Day weekend heating up into the 90s), all the fruit seems to have decided it's ready at pretty much the same time. This means the winery has been working non-stop bringing in grapes every day. As of today, nearly all of our Russian River Valley fruit has been harvested, with the exception of our cold Mill Station Chardonnay, and our zin and syrah. Our outlier sites, like our Angel Camp in Anderson Valley and even our typically late Devil's Gulch pinot are on the calendar for next week. At this rate, we could be done with harvesting everything by the end of September, which would definitely be a record!

    The great news is all the grapes look beautiful, with most coming in a little below our expected tonnage, which bodes for excellent quality. The pinots have some "hens and chicks" (tiny seedless berries next to full-size ones), which gives the wine great concentration and depth. 
     

    And after picking today:
    Fox Den going from bin to sorting and Rued clusters in the bin before pressing

     



    In our Tasting Room:
    Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir

    We've updated our tasting flight for September, featuring a new line-up of wines, including one that we've never poured before in our Tasting Room: our 2018 van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir.

    We just started making wine from Van der Kamp Vineyard on Sonoma Mountain in 2017, but that wine didn't make it past our wine club. With the 2018 vintage, we produced a bit more, so are able to share it more widely. Situated at 1,500 feet, the site is considered sacred by the local Native Americans, who believe the world began on the top of Sonoma Mountain. It's also one of the oldest Pinot vineyards in Sonoma County, with plantings from 1952. The grapes are sold to an eclectic array of small wineries, with each receiving fruit from an assortment of their blocks. Dan loves it not only for the amazing place, but also for the heartfelt family of Martin, Dixie, Ulysses, and Malia Van der Kamp, who lovingly caretake the vineyard and property. 

    The earthier and more savory Sonoma Mountain grapes provide a nice counterpoint to our fruit-focused Russian River Valley bottlings. Our 2018 Van Der Kamp Pinot leads with dusky aromas of Bing cherry, plum, and dried sage, along with a perfume of dried purple flowers. With time in the glass, savory/sweet notes of rhubarb and beet join in. In the mouth, it’s robust and sultry, bringing to mind the earth from which it comes. Black cherry is enveloped in spicy sandalwood and black tea, riding on a backbone of tight, fine tannins. The wound-up quality of the wine in its youth lets you know this will be a good cellar option. If you’re enjoying it young, go with something with a little fat, like chicken thighs, ribeye, or a cheeseburger, or cheeses with a salty bite like Valley Ford’s Estero Gold Reserve or an Asiago. 

    2018 van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir


     


    DG in the News 

    Our wines have been featured in some nice articles recently. In case you missed them, here are a few of the latest:

    Food & Wine magazine named Dutton Ranch as "The 17 Most Important California Vineyards All Wine Lovers Need to Know". They also recommended our 2018 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir as one to try.

    Robb Report featured our 2016 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah in "
    12 Bottles of Syrah That Just Might Convert You From Cabernet: California’s take on the Northern Rhône’s noble red deserves its own devoted fan base." 


    You can read all our latest press and reviews anytime on our website.

     


    A big thank you to whoever it was who figured out the wonderful things that can happen with grapes! 

    Your friends at DG
     

     
  • Our first grapes of the 2021 harvest are in! | Low inventory alert on our 2018s

    August 27, 2021 15:21

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    (Most of ) our 2021 Harvest Team 


    Three, two, one...harvest is here!

    Our first fruit for the 2021 harvest season arrived this morning, which we celebrated with a toast with the harvest team. First in was a lot of Pinot from our Ruxton Vineyard, which is located on Stoetz Ridge on the western edge of Russian River Valley. This is a component of our Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir, so it was only fitting that we toast the lot with a bottle of that wine—even the bin of grapes got a little taste!


    While we've had a few hot days, it's been fairly cool overall so far for August, making the ripening season stretch out just the way we like it—as Dan says, it's like toasting a marshmallow perfectly, low and slow. Dutton Ranch has brought in about 400 tons so far, or about 10% of their expected tonnage. Most of this has been for sparkling wine, along with a little Pinot Noir and Viognier. The crop so far seems to be coming in a bit light due to the clusters not being as heavy as some years, likely due to the drought. Grapevines are an arid crop, so don't need a lot of water (and the dry-farmed chardonnay and old zin vines never get irrigated), and this reduced plumping in the berries should mean more concentrated flavors in the final wine.

     


    Fun times at our Wine Club Summer Luau 

    Hula, leis, and smiles abounded at our first event in over a year! Thank you to all our wonderful club members and guests who joined us for this gathering at Dutton Ranch on Saturday. A special big shout-out to Barbara for her amazing authentic hula dance, to Sweet T's for their succulently tasty menu of Hawaiian favorites, and to Faith Aiko and the band (which includes Barbara's talented husband, Tadd) for their toe tapping tunes that provided an excellent backdrop to the afternoon. 

    Steve's vineyard walks were a highlight of the day, and since this was the first time we held the event in August (it's previously been a Spring party), guests actually got to see and taste grapes on the vine that were almost ready for picking. 

    We hope we see you at our next event!



    Marin County in the News

    Devil's Gulch Vineyard has had a little flurry of activity this past week, written up in both Vinography and PinotFile

    The Prince of Pinot (who we think has some of best writing about Pinot around, as he comes to it from a real passion for the product) just highlighted his selection of elite California vineyard sites for Pinot, and had this to say about our 2018 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir

    "The seductive perfume of Pinot Noir is difficult to capture but this wine has it. Aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, blueberry, sweet mulch and tilled earth. Very polished and refined on the palate, with a discreet concentration of dark cherry and raspberry fruit with both a floral and earthy accent. Oak lends a complimentary hand. Exquisite balance with a prolonged finish. When tasted the following day from a previously opened bottle, the wine soared to new heights, the spiciness was unreal, and the wine became better and better over time in the glass. Angel sent. 96 points."

    2018 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir


    He also is a big fan of our other Devil's Gulch wine, saying "Dan Goldfield crafts one of California's greatest Chardonnays from this vineyard." You can read his whole article on "Elite California Pinot Noir Vineyards" here.

    Meanwhile, Alder Yarrow's Vinography had this to say about our 2018 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay:

    "Pale yellow-gold in the glass, this wine smells of lemon curd and a hint of pastry cream. In the mouth, creamy, silky flavors of lemon curd and vanilla crème brulee have a nice bright snap to them thanks to excellent acidity...9 points (out of 10)."

    2018 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay

     


    Low Inventory Alert!

    Are you loving the 2018 wines? Then be sure to pick up some more to get you through before these sell out. 

    2018 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay
    94 points, Wine Enthusiast
    Only 8 cases left!




    2018 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir
    96 points, Wine Enthusiast
    93 points, Wine Spectator
    Only 40 cases left!



    Looking for other 2018s to stock up?
    Shop all remaining wines here:

     



    It's the most exciting time of the year! Wish us the best as we shepherd the grapes on to their next stage of life.

    Your friends at DG
     

     
  • Harvest countdown | Sustainability in the vineyards and beyond

    August 12, 2021 15:21

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    Fox Den Vineyard - August 12, 2021 Docker Hill Vineyard - August 12, 2021

    Harvest countdown continues...

    We've had an eventful summer, welcoming guests to the winery from near and far. As we head into mid-August and the last growing days of the season, we hope for continuous warm days and no wildfires! Our hearts and warmest sympathies are with those affected by the Dixie fire in Plumas County.

    While it's been hot in many parts of the country this summer, Sonoma County has experienced a more mild season with fewer heat spikes compared to previous years. It has been an ideal summer for the grapes and we're looking forward to an excellent harvest. We will likely harvest grapes from Green Valley first (right around Labor Day), as the Mendocino and coastal vineyards (Docker Hill Vineyard, Redwood Ridge Vineyard, McDougall Vineyard and Devil's Gulch Vineyard) have experienced cooler temperatures this Summer resulting in veraison occurring a bit later.

    "As we begin harvest, drought conditions persist but we are in great shape for a fantastic vintage. All the early work the vineyard team has done is paying off. Our vines look healthy and well managed, and the fruit looks spectacular." - Steve Dutton


    Reviews Roundup

    Great reviews keep rolling in for our new releases!
    What reviewer's palate do you follow?


    From Wine Spectator:

    2018 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
    93 points

    2018 Deviate Pinot Noir
    93 points

    2018 Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir
    93 points

    2018 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir
    92 points


    From Burghound:

    2018 Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
    93 points

    2018 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir
    92 points

    2018 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir
    92 points

    2018 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir
    91 points

    2018 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
    91 points

    2018 Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir
    91 points

    2018 Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir
    91 points


    From Wine Enthusiast:

    2016 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah
    93 points

    2019 Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling (Club Only)
    92 points

    2020 Shop Block Pinot Blanc
    92 points

     


    Sustainability: Green is Good

    Dutton-Goldfield is committed to preserving the environment and being good citizens in our neighborhood. From our vineyards and our winery, to our tasting room and offices, we embrace green practices, reducing, reusing, and recycling as much as possible.

    Our Sonoma County vineyards, including all of Dutton Ranch’s vineyards, are Certified Sustainable under Sonoma County’s landmark program that includes:

    • Being socially responsible in how growers work with their neighbors, employees, and community. One example of this is that Dutton Ranch provides dorm-style housing for their vineyard workers.
    • Being environmentally conscientious with farming and winery practices. Dutton Ranch’s vineyards have all passed the Fish Friendly Farming Certification Program, which creates and sustains water quality and habitat.
    • Remaining diligent and viable as an economically mindful business, so it may be passed down to future generations.

    In the packaging of our wines, we continue green practices to reduce our carbon footprint by:

    • Using infinitely recyclable glass, and purchasing bottles that are produced in the USA with over 40% post-consumer recycled content
    • Utilizing glass bottles that are lightweight, clocking in at about 595 grams—no ridiculously heavy bottles here!

    We follow through in our tasting room:

    • We recycle our corks back to our cork supplier, where they are ground up and enjoy an afterlife as a new cork product, such as shoe soles.
    • The tin capsules on the neck of the bottles we pour are also recycled via a local metal recycler.
    • The case boxes are used for carry-out packaging for your wine purchase, which gives a second purpose to what would otherwise be a single-use carton.

    We thank you for your support and for helping us be green!

     



    Relax, it's almost here...here's to a great 2021 harvest!
     

    Your friends at DG
     

     

     

  • Harvest Update: What is Veraison?

    July 27, 2021 15:21

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    Emerald Ridge Vineyard
     

    Vineyard Update: What is Veraison?

    One of the most important moments in a grapevine’s annual lifecycle is the onset of ripening, when the grapes turn from green to red and naturally begin to sweeten. This process is known as veraison.

    Veraison also occurs in white grapes, but without the color changes–white grapes simply become more translucent.

    Veraison is very much the tipping point in a grapevine’s annual lifecycle. It’s when the vine alters it’s focus from energy creation (through photosynthesis) to energy consumption where it concentrates its energy into making sweet grapes.

    The changing color and development of other polyphenols act as protectors to the grapes from sun, wind and other stresses. Following the onset of veraison, the ripening process then takes anywhere from 30–70 days for the grapes to become fully ready to make wine!


    Last Chance For Complimentary Overnight Shipping
    on Bright Whites and Library Wines

    2020 Shop Block Pinot Blanc
    Our "porchable" fan favorite, with white peach,
    lily of the valley, honeydew melon, and pink grapefruit.


    2018 Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling
    A focused core of citrus wrapped with a creamy embrace.
    93 points & Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast

     


    Library Wines

    Are you interested in library wines? We have recently raided our cellar and have released select wines from the 2013 and 2014 vintages for your drinking pleasure. Click here to explore our availability.

    Notes on each vintage

    • The 2013 vintage was a very correct vintage, with the vineyard qualities coming through in a light but complex way. The extra years in bottle have added breadth and savory notes to the fruit.

    • The 2014's are big and chunky now, with more earthy notes coming up, but still plenty of fruit for additional time in the bottle if you like.


    Harvest is Around the Corner!

    Do you know of someone who has always wanted to learn more about winemaking and harvest? If so, send them our way! We are hiring harvest interns now to join us for the season. No experience necessary, just a great attitude, enthusiasm for being part of meticulous winemaking, and ability to commit to working from late August to late October (or perhaps a bit longer). Contact Valerie at valerie@duttongoldfield.com with your resume and contact information.

     


    Meet the Team: Part 3

    In our continuing series on Instagram and Facebook, we're introducing you to the members of the DG team.

    Next up in our Meet the Team Series is Brad, our resident Pinot lover.

    Brad is always eager to spend time with our guests discussing all things Sonoma County and beyond. He is our go-to guide for the best camping spots, beautiful hiking trails or the next local music show that shouldn’t be missed.

    Make sure to stop by the Tasting Room to say hello.

     


     

    Happy summer to everyone. We hope you're enjoying these long days.

     

    Your friends at DG


     

     

     

     

     

     

  • We've raided the cellar again | Last call on our bright whites offer

    July 15, 2021 15:21

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    Good things come to those who wait...

    These past few months, we have been spoiling ourselves a little more than usual. Whether we were hugging our distant families for the first time in over a year, enjoying dining indoors at our favorite local restaurant, or cheersing to the advancements with vaccinations, we consistently found ourselves celebrating and reaching for the 2013 & 2014 vintages to guide us through. It only seems right to let you in on the prize.

    We are featuring a select offering from our library from these vintages. These wines have been aged gracefully since release. No need to cellar as these wines are ready to drink now. Perfect for collectors, special occasions and one-of-a-kind gifts, these bottles are  offered on a limited basis. Many of the wines featured below are available in limited quantities and only obtainable while supplies last. In fact, our wine club (who received first access) already snatched up all the bottles of 2014 Devil's Gulch Pinot that we had available, so don't delay.

    No one likes waiting for their wine to arrive, especially library wines. To add to the celebration, we are offering complimentary UPS overnight shipping on all orders of 12+ bottles of any assortment of our Library wines!
     

    { Notes on each vintage }

    The 2013 vintage was a very correct vintage, with the vineyard qualities coming through in a light but complex way. The extra years in bottle have added breadth and savory notes to the fruit.

    The 2014's are big and chunky now, with more earthy notes coming up, but still plenty of fruit for additional time in the bottle if you like.

    2013 Library Wines Retail Price

    2013 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay
    Apricot, pear and buttercream on the nose, lead to a rich and lively mouth of honeysuckle and pear. 
    $68

    2013 Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay
    One of Dan’s favorites! Hazelnut and tangerine aromas, followed by creamy lemon and a vivid finish.

    $68

    2013 Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling
    For fans of German Kabinetts, this is a California Riesling in that category. The diesel character is amped up and framed by apricot and orange blossom.

    $45
    2013 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah
    Syrah’s classic pepper character shines in this wine. Blackberry compote flavors ride on the firm, round tannins. Only 4 cases left!
    $55

    2013 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel
    Bright cherry, smooth and luscious, this will make a great pairing for a flourless chocolate cake.

    $55
    2014 Library Wines Retail Price

    2014 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Sandalwood and cedar on the nose are followed by plum and violets on a broad palate.

    $75
    2014 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Complex and textural without being heavy. Blackberry blossom, rhubarb, and root beer richness.

     
    $75
    2014 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir
    Bright and lively dried cherries. Only 3 cases remaining!

     
    $50
    2014 Deviate Pinot Noir
    Cigar box spice and floral notes lead to decadently sweet, juicy fruit with firm tannins.

     
    $85
    2014 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Thyme and baking spices surround the sweet cherry/berry palate with a long forest floor finish.
    $80

    2014 Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Cherry licorice whip riding on fine-grained tannins.

    $80
    2014 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
    A staff favorite! Smooth and lush, with bright cranberries finished with cinnamon and black tea on velvet.

     
    $85
    2014 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Savory herbs surround the black cherry core while still offering a firm tannin structure throughout.

     
    $80
    2014 Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir
    Decadent blackberry, supported by bold tannins and a sultry redwood duff finish.
    $80

     

              *A limited number of magnums are available; if interested, please email us at dg@duttongoldfield.com.


    In the Vineyards: the growing season continues

    Our weather this summer seems to be especially quirky, going from super hot to drizzly fog. The vines don't seem to mind the back and forth, and are enjoying the season just fine, growing healthy canopies and carrying a nice crop—not too light and not too heavy. In the pictures above of Emerald Ridge Vineyard that we took today, you can see the leaves on the ground that have been pulled to let sun in (but not too much) and airflow get to the clusters. Veraison is coming up next, which we expect to see in a few weeks. 
     



     

    Two sold out and two weeks left
    to get your bright whites with Overnight Shipping included!

    Our Rosé and Devil's Gulch Gewürztraminer are sold out now, but you can still take advantage of our Overnight Shipping deal on the remaining bright whites! Through July 31, we're offering you UPS Overnight shipping included on your order of 12+ bottles of these wines, either all of one or mix and matched. Get yours while they last!

    2020 Shop Block Pinot Blanc
    Our "porchable" fan favorite, with white peach,

    lily of the valley, honeydew melon, and pink grapefruit.

    2018 Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling

    A focused core of citrus wrapped with a creamy embrace.
    93 points & Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast

     

     


    Vote for Sonoma County in
    USA Today's 2021 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards!

     

    USA Today asked a panel of wine industry experts to pick their favorite North American wine regions, and both Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast were nominated! Vote for your favorite among this pool of 20 nominees once per day until voting ends on August 2 at 9am. You can read the official rules here, and vote here.

     



    We hope everyone is having a great summer, and enjoying getting together with family and friends!


     

    Your friends at DG


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Wines to get you through summer...with Overnight shipping included!

    June 29, 2021 15:21

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    Our bright whites (and Rosé) are ready to help you through the rest of your summer...with Overnight shipping included!

    We love these long summer days, lounging by the pool, heading to the beach, hiking in the redwoods, or just hanging out on the front porch watching the world go by. Especially now that we can open up our bubbles and see our friends again (without masks!), the happy feelings that summer brings are amplified even more, giving us plenty of wonderful memories in the making.

    What makes those fun gatherings even more bright? Some fun bright wines to accompany, of course! And to make it even easier to be enjoying them on every occasion, we're offering you Overnight shipping included on your order of 12+ bottles of these wines, either all of one or mix and matched. Get yours while they last!

    2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir
    93 points and one of 25 best Rosés for 2021, VinePair
    Only 50 cases remain!

     

    2020 Shop Block Pinot Blanc
    Our "porchable" fan favorite, with white peach,
    lily of the valley, honeydew melon, and pink grapefruit.

     

    2020 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Gewürztraminer
    Our super-secret tiny bottling from Marin.
    Only 20 cases available

     

    2018 Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling
    A focused core of citrus wrapped with a creamy embrace.
    93 points & Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast

     



    Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir clusters growing


    In the Vineyard

    Our warm (and sometimes hot!) end to spring and start of summer has given our vineyards quite a push in their growth. As you can see in the picture of our Emerald Ridge Pinot here, the clusters are filling out nicely. The vineyard team is busy now tucking and positioning the canes in their wires along the trellis system, exposing the clusters to airflow, and setting everything up for thinning the crop and eventually picking. 

    Combined with the dry start of the season, which got the vines off to a quick start, it's looking at this point that we might have an early beginning to harvest. Of course, Mother Nature may still throw us a curveball, but if things continue the way they have, Steve is projecting that Dutton Ranch will start picking for bubbly in mid-August, and for still wine by late August. So, it looks like the Labor Day weekend may truly be three days of working rather than the last time off before the crush of harvest!
     


    Meet the Team: Part 2
     

    In our continuing series on Instagram and Facebook, we're introducing you to the members of the DG team.

    Next up in our Meet the Team Series is our fearless leader, Valerie.

    Valerie is our General Manager, and has been with DG for over 19 years. As Dan and Steve say “she is the glue that holds us all together.”

    She may be tiny, but don’t let her size fool you – she is a force of nature. DG wouldn’t be DG without her.

     



    Visit Us!


     

    With the restrictions lifted, we are now able to host tastings both outside on our patio and indoors. We've brought back our Wine & Cheese pairing (which we do host indoors), or you can choose our classic Discovery or Pinot Noir only flight. 

    Due to staffing and space limitations, we are still hosting by appointment only, so please schedule your visit to come see us! During the week, we sometimes have availability for same-day or walk-in visits, but our weekends have become quite busy, so book a reservation so you're ensured of a table when you arrive. You may also call us at 707.827.3600 to schedule your visit.

     



    Happy summer to everyone. We hope you're enjoying these long days.

    Here's to life without masks for all our vaccinated friends—we are thrilled to see your smiling faces and have you see ours!

    Your friends at DG


     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Our 2018 single-vineyard wines are released

    June 3, 2021 15:21

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    Steve, Mark Pasternak, and Dan at Devil's Gulch Vineyard

     

    Our 2018 single-vineyard wines are now available

    Our 2018 single-vineyard wines are now released and to some very nice reviews. The 2018 season was fairly ideal, with a cool summer and harvest season giving us long hang-time. This allowed us the luxury of picking the grapes exactly when we wanted, when the sugars and acids were in perfect alignment. The resulting wines have the excellent balance of lushness and brightness we love, with sweet tannins and great depth of fruit. They're great for drinking now, and will also age nicely in your cellar for several years.


    The Wines

    2018 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay
    95 & Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast
    92, PlanetGrape


    2018 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay
    94, Wine Enthusiast
    93, Anthony Dias Blue

    2018 Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay
    92, Anthony Dias Blue
    92, PlanetGrape

    2018 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir
    96 & Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast
    93, Wine Spectator
    93, Anthony Dias Blue

    2018 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
    94, WineReviewOnline
    93 & Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast
    93, Anthony Dias Blue & PlanetGrape
    91, Connoisseur's Guide

    2018 Deviate Pinot Noir
    94, Wine Enthusiast
    93, Wine Spectator
    93, PlanetGrape
    91, Connoisseur's Guide

    2018 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir
    95 & Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast
    92, PlanetGrape
    91, Connoisseur's Guide

    2018 Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
    94 & Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast
    93, Anthony Dias Blue
    93, WineReviewOnline
    92, PlanetGrape & Connoisseur's Guide

    2018 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
    95, Wine Enthusiast
    94, Anthony Dias Blue
    93, Wine Spectator
    93, PlanetGrape

    2018 Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir
    95, WineReviewOnline
    93, Wine Enthusiast
    92, PlanetGrape

    2018 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
    96, WineReviewOnline
    93, Wine Enthusiast
    93, PlanetGrape

    2018 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir
    97, PinotFile
    96, Wine Enthusiast
    93, PlanetGrape

    2018 Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir
    94, Wine Enthusiast
    93, Wine Spectator
    93, Anthony Dias Blue
    92, PlanetGrape

    2018 Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir
    9-9.5, Vinography
    93, PinotFile
    92, PlanetGrape
    91, Wine Enthusiast & Connoisseur's Guide

    2018 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel
    94, Anthony Dias Blue
    92, PlanetGrape

    2018 Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling
    93 & Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast
    92, Anthony Dias Blue
    91, PlanetGrape

     


    Summer Overnight Shipping Special

    Since it's hot across much of the country, we will ship your order via UPS Overnight for 50% off. Just choose Overnight at checkout, and use the code SHIPNOW to have the price adjust. Here's a sample of the prices you'll see.

    Summer Overnight via UPS
    Zone  1 2 3 4 5
    6 bottles - Reg 
    Your Price 
    $32
    $16
    $47
    $23.50
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    $30.50
    12 bottles - Reg 
    Your Price 
    $37
    $18.50
    $68
    $34
    $73
    $36.50
    $81
    $40.50
    $84
    $42
    24+ bottles - Reg 
    Your Price 
    $0 $46
    $23
    $56
    $28
    $72
    $36
    $78
    $39

     



    Happy June!

    Your friends at DG

     

  • Old Vine Zinfandel AND Pinot Noir

    May 25, 2021 15:21

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    Vines from the turn of the LAST century:
    Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel

    Ah, if these vines could only talk, the stories they would tell. Perched on top of Stoetz Ridge in western Green Valley, the Morelli Lane vineyard now plays home to less than 2 acres of what was once a larger planting of Zinfandel. When the Duttons leased the property back in the mid-1990s, the vineyard was in sad shape, overgrown and run down, with the fruit enjoyed by the local deer population. They pushed out much of the vines for more economically viable Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but saved the best part at the top of the ridge and began the rejuvenating project, getting the old gnarled Zin back into production. 

    When they leased the vineyard, they were curious how old the vines were, so they asked the current tenant of the home on site, and the last remaining family member, Vic Morelli. He replied that he used to prune the vines when he was a kid, and they were already old then. He was 95 at the time, meaning the vineyard must have been planted in the late 1800s. The vines have managed to survive through a century of changes, including prohibition. Amazingly, they continue to produce fruit from the 1.8 acres remaining, which we are honored to craft into a very special, cool climate, Pinot-winemaker's elegant Zinfandel.

    The 2018 vintage is beautifully plush, leading with aromas of chocolate covered cherries and wild raspberries underlain with violets and baking spices. A fresh brightness tops off the richness, keeping the wine lively. The mouth is sweet and supple, with luscious raspberry compote leading the way, followed by lavender, nutmeg, and white pepper notes. A vibrant and persistent finish carries the flavors to a balanced and complex end. 

    2018 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel

    $50


     




    One of the earliest Pinot plantings in Sonoma County: 
    van der Kamp Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain

    History comes alive in our van der Kamp Pinot Noir as well. This magical land, located at an elevation of 1,500 feet on a north facing bench of Sonoma Mountain, has a long history of superb cultivation. The site was considered a sacred place by local Native Americans who believe the top of Sonoma Mountain is where the world began, and the van der Kamp family has produced top-quality wine from this vineyard for over four decades. This is one of California's oldest Pinot Noir vineyards, with current plantings from 1952.  

    Ulysses van der Kamp walks the vineyard daily and embraces his father’s belief that “the best fertilizer for a vineyard is the shadow of the farmer”. These dramatically sloping vineyards are farmed organically, with a focus on environmental sustainability and the unique needs of each individual vine. The patchwork of soil types includes loam with volcanic material and decomposed river bed. The top soil is very thin, leading to a more structured wine and a very unique terroir.

    Our 2018 Van Der Kamp Pinot leads with dusky aromas of Bing cherry, plum, and dried sage, along with a perfume of dried purple flowers. With time in the glass, savory/sweet notes of rhubarb and beet join in. In the mouth, it’s robust and sultry, bringing to mind the earth from which it comes. Black cherry is enveloped in spicy sandalwood and black tea, riding on a backbone of tight, fine tannins. The wound-up quality of the wine in its youth lets you know this will be a good cellar option. 

    2018 van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir

    $68



    Replanting Mill Station Vineyard

    As we wrote about last January, Steve has started replanting sections of their Mill Station Chardonnay vineyard. They began the process of tearing out the first block of old vines in late 2018, and have now planted the new vines in the block (sadly, some of the first ones got frosted, so they had to start the process over). With the vines getting to be about 18" tall, it's time to start training the plant along the stake to direct the energy toward the vine's upward growth. Any lower leaves and sprouts are removed to keep the focus of the plant moving up. Click on the picture to hear Steve talk about the process as they tie the baby vine.



    The weather has been beautiful to enjoy a tasting on our lovely and relaxing patio. Please make an appointment to visit us soon—we've missed seeing you! 


    Your friends at DG


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • You'll want to dive into the glass and stay awhile

    May 14, 2021 15:21

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    Emerald Ridge Vineyard view and in bloom
     

    A wine that makes you want to jump into the glass

    You know that blissed out feeling you get when you smell a wine that makes you want to jump into the glass and wallow around in there for the evening? That’s what you feel when you put your nose into our 2018 Emerald Ridge Pinot.

    Emerald Ridge vineyard sits on a picturesque knoll in Green Valley, just down the road from our tasting room (making it a frequent photo stop to track our year in the vineyard). The pictures above were taken at the vineyard today, showing the beautifully growing vine row, as well as a grape cluster in full bloom. The little white stamen are the "petals" of the flower, which will pollinate the fruit, and the grape berry will begin its formation.

    Emerald Ridge has been a core component of our Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir for many years. As we wrote in our last email about winemaker's perks and making wines that we love because we can, this single-vineyard bottling started the same way with the 2009 vintage. We kept coming back to those little sample bottles of the wine in barrel, captivated by the way it expressed all our favorite Green Valley characters, with its crystaline fruit and lusciousness, like blueberries and cherries wrapped in velvet. 

    Our 2018 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir hits all the texture-fruit-spice-floral notes, with its juicy, plush blueberry fruit framed by sandalwood and lavender. While it’s opulent, it also has a fresh lift and energy to the aromas. The wine follows through in the mouth, with a broad and enveloping wash of rich blueberry, boysenberry, and black cherry. The basket of fruit is carried on round but firm black tea tannins, which, combined with the harmonious balance of the wine, promises a lengthy future. Wine Enthusiast just scored it 95 points, saying, "With savory fruit and an edgy structure, this wine intrigues and beguiles, offering rose petal, wet stone, blueberry and black cherry alongside firm, well-integrated tannins. Balanced and bright, it evolves to show shades of black tea and forest floor that keep it complex."

    You'll be thanking yourself later if you get a case now so you can track its progress over the next ten years.

    2018 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

    $68


     



    Meet the Team
     

    We just started a new series on our InstaGram and Facebook page, introducing you to the members of our team (we're a small team, so don't blink or you'll miss it!). 

    First up: Lola (a.k.a Lorie)

    Ever wonder who lovingly packs all of your wine orders? This wonderful woman right here.

    Lola has been our Warehouse Manager for 6 years and is our one-woman cellar organizing, wine packing, forklift driving powerhouse.

     

     


    One week left for our Restaurant Pricing special!

    We're down to the last allocated cases for our Restaurant Pricing special, so it will be ending on Friday, May 21. If you've been thinking of taking advantage of this deal but haven't yet, or if you have and want to stock in a few more cases to get you through your summer, now's the time!

    $10 flat rate UPS ground shipping on all the packages below. 

     

    2018 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

    12-bottle case

    Wine Club:  $264 ($22/bottle)
    Mailing List:  $348 ($29/bottle)
    6-bottle case
    Wine Club:  $162 ($27/bottle)

    Mailing List:  $186 ($31/bottle)

     

    2018 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir

    12-bottle case

    Wine Club:  $300 ($25/bottle)
    Mailing List:  $408 ($34/bottle)
    6-bottle case
    Wine Club:  $180 ($30/bottle)

    Mailing List:  $216 ($36/bottle)



    No other promotions or discounts may be combined.



    Join the club and receive all our best benefits

    We love our club members, and always extend our best benefits to them. If you're not already a wine club member and have been thinking about becoming one, this is a great time to join! All new members will receive the current Spring Club package in order for the special club member restaurant pricing to be applied toward orders of these wines.

     



    Here's to life returning to normal soon, and no more masks! 

    Thank you, and be well!

    Your friends at DG


     

     

     

     

     

  • Winemaker perk wines

    April 29, 2021 15:21

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    Taking advantage of the perks of being the winemaker

    One of the perks of being the winemaker and owner of a winery is that you get to make what you want, how you want it. That's only fair, right? After all, the downside is, if you aren't able to sell it, you drink it yourself. So, when Dan decides he wants another Chardonnay added to our offerings, or wants a bigger red that he can enjoy on the cooler coastal nights, you get the benefit of going on the ride with him. Such was the case with both of the wines we're releasing with this email.

    A Syrah is born

    Back when the winery first started, Dan wanted to include a bigger red along with our Pinots. He loved Syrahs from other cool climates, so went in search of some Syrah to purchase. When he struck out, Steve stepped up and offered to bud over some Pinot Noir vines up on a warmer ridge to Syrah—and so our Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah was born. We made just 160 cases that first vintage (which is still drinking amazingly, if you have any bottles stashed in your cellar), and Dan's notes read: 

    "Boysenberry, silk, cedar and cinnamon; I don’t even know where to start with this one. This is a wine that exudes balance and depth, vivid fruit and gentle power. Syrah on the cool Cherry Ridge hillside takes on a brightness, acid balance and spice that focus the inherent thickness and depth of this wonderfully versatile varietal. Deep purple in the glass, the Syrah jumps out with dark fruits and candied spice aromas, and follows with sweet berries, nutmeg, and cedar to work with its sensuously silky mouthfeel. Few Syrahs will match its balance and versatility for food pairings."

    Our 2016 vintage is friendly and forward, and the notes from 2000 can be used equally to describe this juicy, rich wine.

    2016 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah

    $50


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    Classic Green Valley Chardonnay

    Our Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay had been part of our Dutton Ranch Chardonnay for many years (and still is), providing that great core of crystalline citrus and structure to the blend. In 2011, Dan once again called in his winemaker perk card and said he wanted to bottle some on its own. We started small, as usual, making just 148 cases the first year in case Dan needed to consume it all himself. We're up to 291 cases with this 2018 vintage, which Dan loves for its brightness and balance, and will still likely pilfer at least 30 of those cases. As a matter of fact, we just caught him walking out the door with a 2013 under his arm!

    The 2018 Walker Hill Chardonnay is beautifully intricate and balanced, with everything you want without too much of anything. The nose is a complex array of Meyer lemon, ripe pineapple, and apricot, with a touch of pear blossoms, toasted coconut, and cashew. In the mouth, blissful waves of lemon and key lime caress your palate, on a texture that’s the combination of lusciousness and freshness we love in the best Chardonnays. The finish is lively, long, and focused.

    2018 Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay

    $50

     


    We're down to the last 2 wines for our Restaurant Pricing special.
    Order yours while supplies last.

    We've now sold out of 2 of the wines for our restaurant pricing special, but you can still order our Dutton Ranch Chardonnay and Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir for your every-night sipping pleasure. Get them while they last!

    2018 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay - The nose is lively with Meyer lemon, green apple, tangerine, with a lovely gardenia floral accent. In the mouth, the lively/creamy dance continues in a beautifully balanced way, with vivid citrus notes leading the way, rounded out with Fuji apple, pear, and a little mango at the end. The finish is long and bright, lingering with a fresh yet rich key lime pie note. 

    2018 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir - Succulent mixed berry pie laced with baking spices leads the nose. The blueberry, raspberry, and boysenberry are interlaced with pretty lilac and violet notes, along with a little redwood duff. There’s a plush feeling to the wine, even from the aromas, which is confirmed in the mouth. It has that wonderful quality of richness without heaviness, with the sweet berry pie flavors rolling out on a layer of silk. 

    $10 flat rate UPS ground shipping on all the packages below. 

     

    2018 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

    12-bottle case

    Wine Club:  $264 ($22/bottle)
    Mailing List:  $348 ($29/bottle)
    6-bottle case
    Wine Club:  $162 ($27/bottle)

    Mailing List:  $186 ($31/bottle)

     

    2018 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir

    12-bottle case

    Wine Club:  $300 ($25/bottle)
    Mailing List:  $408 ($34/bottle)
    6-bottle case
    Wine Club:  $180 ($30/bottle)

    Mailing List:  $216 ($36/bottle)



    No other promotions or discounts may be combined.



    Join the club and receive all our best benefits

    We love our club members, and always extend our best benefits to them. If you're not already a wine club member and have been thinking about becoming one, this is a great time to join! All new members will receive the current Spring Club package in order for the special club member restaurant pricing to be applied toward orders of these wines.

     


    Happy Mother's Day to all our Mom's out there!

    Thank you, and be well!

    Your friends at DG