November 6, 2020 15:21
Our 2018 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir
Receives 96 Points!
While we never make our wines with scores in mind, it was definitely cool to receive an email from Wine Enthusiast that they would be rating our 2018 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir 96 points & Editors' Choice in the Best of Year issue coming out next month. As a fan of DG, you likely aren't surprised, and already know why this sultry and elegant beauty from Anderson Valley has built such a large fan base since we started making it in 2010.
Brian Zalaznik, a long-time DG customer and friend, planted the vineyard in memory of his late brother and his family who died tragically. We've been honored to craft wine from this beautiful site up on a knoll in the "deep end" of Anderson Valley. We hadn't ventured so far north with our vineyard selections prior to this and loved how the spicy wine provided a counterpoint to our fruit-driven Sonoma County Pinots. The 2018 vintage leads with dusky blackberry and plum aromas complemented with savory beet and earthy notes. Christmas spices provide a lacy framework. The aromas carry through in the mouth, with sweet black cherry, purple plum, dried flowers, and sandalwood combining in a complex and harmonious balance. Round and graceful tannins give the wine an approachability now, while the breadth allows for nice aging potential.
Holiday Gifting with Dutton-Goldfield
Thinking about the holidays yet, and how to thank your clients, colleagues, and associates this season? Especially this year when large gatherings are out of the mix, and everyone is cooking at home more, you can make their holidays extra bright with a gift of wine from Dutton-Goldfield. From 2 to 100 or more, we'd love to help you with gift packages that will delight your recipients. You can choose one of the gift packages we've created for the season, or we'd be happy to work with you to create your own. We make the process so easy: Just provide us with your address list and gift message, and we take care of the rest! Plus, in addition to the delicious wine, your gift includes:
- All 2- and 3-bottle gift packages are presented in a handsome gift box.
- Complimentary personalized gift notes.
- A certificate for a complimentary tasting for 4 people at our tasting room—an added $120 value.
- UPS Ground shipping at 75% off—that's just $6 to $7.50 for our 2- and 3-bottle packages
You can also give us a call at 707.823.3887 or email Valerie at email@example.com for more information.
Magnums for the Holidays
Looking to make a statement with a big bottle, or need a little extra for your holiday table? In addition to our gift packages, we're also offering all 2016 magnums at 10% off for the season.
October 23, 2020 15:21
Dutton Ranch-Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay
One of the perks of having your own winery is getting to do what you want when you want to. That's pretty much always our MO at Dutton-Goldfield, as we don't do well with being told what to do. Such was the case with our Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay.
Walker Hill has been part of our Dutton Ranch Chardonnay for many years, coming together with four of our other favorite of Steve's Dutton Ranch vineyards to create our Russian River Valley expression. As any of you who've sat in on a tasting with Dan Goldfield knows, he's an unabashed Chardonnay lover and has a bit of a chip on his shoulder about California Chardonnays and their ability to show a great sense of place, as well as age beautifully. While it can be grown in a lot of places across the globe, it really shines in the old, cold vineyards here in Green Valley of Russian River Valley. Back in 2011, he decided that in addition to it being a core part of the Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, this was the year to bottle some of this quintessential Russian River Valley Chardonnay on its own. While some at DG thought another single-vineyard Chardonnay wasn't what we needed, Dan called in his owner perk, and decided to make enough for himself at least—which turned out to be 148 cases. Of course, everyone else loved it as much, and we've continued to produce this bottling ever since.
Steve's father Warren Dutton planted Walker Hill Vineyard on a sloping hillside just northwest of the main Dutton Ranch shop in the early 1980s. The Wente clone vines produce tiny berries with thick skins, which give the wine a great intensity, while the cool location about 500 feet above Purrington Creek provides a lively acidity. We vary the barrels a bit for complexity but focus on Seguin Moreau for its ginger notes, and Taransaud for the great structure and subtle toffee flavor.
The current 2017 release is textbook Russian River Valley Chardonnay: rich, citrusy, and exquisitely balanced. Wine Enthusiast noted "honey, brioche and stone fruit wrap around bright pops of lime and tangerine, coming together seamlessly on the lingering, crisp finish" in its 92 point review, and Wine Spectator scored it 91, calling it "a finely textured and pure-tasting version, featuring a mix of baked apple and ripe pear flavors, supported by fresh acidity. Toasty notes show on the firm finish."
In the News: Latest Reviews - with Video!
Catherine Fallis (Planet Grape's Grape Goddess) was the fifth woman in the world to earn the title of Master Sommelier. In addition, she's a wine judge, author, consultant, critic, and more. Check out her recent video reviews of some of our upcoming releases. Be sure to like and comment on her videos! We would love to hear what you think. You can also subscribe to Catherine's channel to keep up with her other tastings.
2018 Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay - 92
2018 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir - 93
2018 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir - 93
2018 Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir - 92
2018 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir - 92
2018 Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir - 92
2018 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir - 92
2018 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay - 92
You can read the reviews on the PlanetGrape website.
These wines are currently being sent to club members, and any remaining wines will be available for wider release after their allocations are fulfilled. If you want to ensure your supply, become a member today.
We've Got Your Thanksgiving Wines Covered
While this may not be the biggest Thanksgiving you've celebrated, it can still be one of the most special. Slowing down and enjoying an intimate meal shared with those closest to you is something we can all appreciate, especially these days. To accompany your feast, we've selected three of our Green Valley wines that pair perfectly with your turkey and all the trimmings, and will make all the wine fans at your table happy.
2018 Green Valley Vineyard Gewurztraminer
2017 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay
2017 Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir
$139 — includes shipping!
Happy almost Halloween!
Your friends at DG
October 8, 2020 15:21
Devil's Gulch Chardonnay clusters go into the press and drain into the bin below before going to tank and barrel
Harvest Ends...under blue skies
We brought in the last of our fruit for 2020 this week, with two of our Devil's Gulch vineyards: our Devil's Gulch Chardonnay came in yesterday, and Mark Pasternak's tiny bit of Gewürztraminer wrapped up the season this morning. This milestone was happily marked under clear blue skies, as firefighters made great progress on the Glass Fire over last weekend. Containment now stands at over 60%. There's a possibility of rain in the forecast this weekend, so we are looking forward to an end to the fire season to go with the end to our harvest season!
We ended the 2020 harvest with a total of about 118 tons brought in, from 15 vineyards. Sadly, much of our Pinot Noir in Sonoma County was left unharvested due to smoke damage. Our fingers are crossed for our earliest picks, including Emerald Ridge, Devil’s Gulch (in Marin), and our Mendocino vineyards which are finishing fermentation. The whites seem to be less affected by smoke taint, as does Zinfandel—varietal differences in smoke metabolism are poorly studied, but we are learning. All the wines that are in fermentation are being closely watched and analyzed, and no wine that we don’t love will be put in bottle.
A huge source of gratification in this tragic year is the camaraderie amongst our respected and loved neighbors. All have gone to great lengths to share resources, information, ideas, and support at this time. Together we stand!
Last call on bright whites
Even though Fall is officially here, you can still capture that summer feeling with our bright whites. We are down to the last cases on these wines, so get your supply to last you until our new release next Spring.
2019 Shop Block Pinot Blanc
12 cases left
2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir
11 cases left
2019 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Gewürztraminer
8 cases left
This just in from Forbes:
Dan's two passions: winemaking and cycling
Forbes just ran this great interview with Dan, talking about his love of winemaking and riding his bike. Here's a snippet, you can read the full article here:
Speaking about his major passion (other than making wine), Goldfield told us, “One thing about biking that sets it apart is you feel micro differences in climate and topography more than any other sport. When you’re in these intricate places in the world, biking lets you feel the roles of the earth very well.” The same could also be said about growing grapes and making wine—they make you “feel micro differences in climate and topography” more than any other type of farming. Goldfield’s love of the outdoors extends to his search for vineyard sites that best match his intentions in the winery.
You Deserve a Treat! Become a member today.
Especially in these stressful times, don't you deserve to pamper yourself a little, and give yourself a treat? Join our newest club, our Custom Case allocation, and receive all the benefits of membership, in addition, to complete flexibility—stick with the wines we've chosen for the package, or select the wines you'd like instead. You're just in time to get started with our Fall release, which includes the pre-release wines from the media-touted "Goldilocks" 2018 vintage. The even weather this season let us choose the optimal picking date for the perfect balance of acid and ripeness, giving us wines that are both rich and mouthwateringly fresh.
Custom Case Allocation
Happy Fall! The end of the year will be here before you know it.
Your friends at DG