August 12, 2022 15:21
A new early record for harvest as we bring in our first 2022 fruit
August 12 marks the official first day of harvest for Dutton-Goldfield, with a block of our Ruxton Pinot Noir taking the honors once again this year as the first grapes brought in. As we posted on FB in July with the picture of our Emerald Ridge Pinot, things looked to be a good two weeks ahead of last year. Stephen was close with his guess of August 19 as our first harvest day for this year, but we bested his prediction by a week, and the August 27, 2021, start date by two weeks and a day.
We expect to have a little lull for a week (good thing, as we're bottling our 2021 Dutton Ranch wines next week!), then will likely see a small onslaught of pinot at the end of the month, then another one a couple of weeks later. If everything falls into place perfectly, chardonnay and our other whites will filter in between the pinot hits, with our zin coming in toward the end of September before our coldest pinot sites. It all sounds so calm and well-paced... if only Mother Nature smiles on us and it actually turns out that way! If all goes well, we might be wrapped up by the beginning of October, with the exception of a couple of vineyards we're hoping to bring in as late harvest dessert wine grapes—stay tuned for great news for those fans of our Happy Ending and Sticky Finish!
Come see us at these upcoming events
Starting this weekend, and running through October, we have several fun events and hope to see you there!
Petaluma Gap Wind to Wine
Saturday, August 13, 1-4pm, Petaluma, CA
Pinot Paradise at Gravenstein Grill
Thursday, August 18, 5:30-7:30pm, Sebastopol, CA
Artist Reception with Sara Carli
Thursday, August 25, 4-5:30pm, DG Tasting Room
Sunday, October 16, 12-4pm, Healdsburg, CA
Enter Code DG22 to get $15 off your tickets!
van der Kamp Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain
If you've ever heard Dan talk about vineyards, you know how passionate and excited he gets about these cool spots of the earth he gets to make wine from. For him, it's all about the place—not only the climate, soil, topography, and vines, but the look and feel of the spot, and the caring and personalities of the people who lovingly care for it.
Van der Kamp Vineyard checks all the boxes: it's atop Sonoma Mountain, perched at 1,500 feet, above where the fog and wind collide; its vines are among the oldest pinot in Sonoma County (planted in the 1950s); the Native Americans consider the spot a sacred place where the world began; and Martin, Dixie, Ulysses, and Malia van der Kamp are careful stewards of the land, cultivating heirloom crops along with the vines with organic farming practices that aim to maximize biodiversity.
Van der Kamp Pinot is the newest wine in the DG portfolio, with 2017 being our first vintage. The wine has an earthier and savory quality that provides a nice counterpoint to our fruit-focused Russian River Valley bottlings. The 2018 vintage 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.
($57.80 for Discovery Club members)
Happy Middle Child Day—you know who you are, and why you deserve a special day just for you. Celebrate with the other sibs and tell them they need to bring the wine!
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