The 2021 harvest is almost a wrap!

October 8, 2021 15:21


The 2021 harvest is almost a wrap!

After a non-stop seven weeks, we are finally relieved to get a bit of a breather today from the fruit avalanche, with only our tiny half ton of Devil's Gulch Gewürztraminer coming in. It was a Devil's Gulch week all around, with Mark Pasternak delivering his beautiful, and relatively bountiful, pinot in three lots on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (nice looking cluster, Mark, and we love the pig suspenders!). That leaves just one block of Devil's Gulch pinot, along with the chardonnay, yet to be harvested. After those, only the late harvest syrah we're bringing in to make our port-style Happy Ending will be left on the Dutton-Goldfield grape incoming spreadsheet. Whew!

While we wrap up the last of the incoming, we are also beginning the fun magic of transforming the grapes to the end product we all love. While some lots, like our Rued Chardonnay, are left to ferment with their indigenous yeast (or "feral," as Dan likes to call it), we innoculate others to ensure that fermentation happens without issues—no one likes a stinky, stuck fermentation. Here we are brewing up a batch to add to our Walker Chardonnay barrels, mixing the powder with wine from the barrel to hydrate it. We even got Dan into the action for siphoning assistance!


Meet the Team: Part 4
Marianne Luzaich

We continue our series showcasing our amazing DG team with one of our longest-tenured mates, the seemingly one-degree of separation from pretty much everyone in West County: Marianne Luzaich!

Marianne is our Office Manager and is the hub of all things DG. She has to know everyone’s jobs enough to fill in, and is the first line of customer service. Chances are, most of you have had the opportunity to chat with her, as she is primary person who answers the phones and handles the general email box. She’s been here over 11 years, has a great attitude—always happy, always smiling (that was actually a quote from one of her references when we hired her, and they couldn't have been more spot-on)! We are so lucky to have Marianne on our team—we couldn't do it without her in the DG family. 


There's still time to get your 2017 magnums, with shipping included

We're excited to share our magnums from the beautifully balanced and age-worthy 2017 vintage. The wet winter got the vines off to a healthy start, then the generally cool summer and warm harvest season gave us strong vines and canopies, and a long hang time. The wines showcase Dan's winemaking style perfectly: purity of fruit with a strong reflection of each individual single-vineyard site. These wines are delicious now, and will also age gracefully for at least a decade. We produce only a limited number of bottles of magnums each year, so supplies are limited.

Orders 3 or more magnums and receive UPS Ground shipping included!

Available 2017 Magnums

2017 Pinot Noirs Retail Price
Angel Camp Vineyard, Anderson Valley $156
Azaya Ranch Vineyard, Petaluma Gap $156
Deviate, Sonoma Coast $164
Devil's Gulch Vineyard, Marin County $164
Docker Hill Vineyard, Mendocino County $156
Emerald Ridge Vineyard, Green Valley of RRV $156
Fox Den Vineyard, Green Valley of RRV $156
Freestone Hill Vineyard, Russian River Valley $164
McDougall Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview $156
Redwood Ridge, Sonoma Coast $156
Van der Kamp Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain $156
2017 Chardonnays  
Rued Vineyard, Green Valley of RRV $130
Walker Hill Vineyard, Green Valley of RRV $120
2017 Zinfandel  
Morelli Lane Vineyard, Russian River Valley $120



Here's to a great end to the 2021 harvest!

Your friends at DG