Winemaker perk wines

April 29, 2021 15:21


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



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



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.

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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.


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