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Dutton-Goldfield Winery Hires Melissa Stackhouse as Winemaker
Dutton-Goldfield Winery is excited to announce that winemaker veteran Melissa Stackhouse has joined the winery as Winemaker. Under the direction of owner/winemaker Dan Goldfield, Melissa will be extensively involved in all aspects of Dutton-Goldfield’s winemaking, as well as overseeing the management of our custom crush clients.
Melissa comes to Dutton-Goldfield with a winemaking history that parallels Dan Goldfield’s in several ways: she received her winemaking degree at University of California at Davis, apprenticed at Robert Mondavi Winery, and was winemaker at La Crema.
How does one define a World Class Pinot Noir?
APRIL 2022: W. Peter Hoyne wrote an insightful article titled Pinot Noir Perfection for the Chicago Wine Press. He explains all of the nuances of this "finicky grape" known as the Pinot Noir varietal.
“To define a world-class Pinot Noir, you need to examine certain criteria and truly understand what the French refer to as terroir." - W. Peter Hoyne
Sonoma Wine Tasting Blog Names Dutton Goldfield Top 12 Wine Tasting Spot
Dutton Goldfield has been featured in the Sonoma Wine Tasting Blog as one of the top 12 Sebastopol wine tasting spots. "Consistently voted the best Russian River Winery to visit, Dutton Goldfield is a well-known gem. Not only a precious spot for grape vines, but a beautiful apple orchard as well. So for those looking to get away from the boisterous valley crowds, the winery has a spacious tasting room, full of natural light," writes Scott Butterfield.
IWR just reviewed Dutton-Goldfield's 2019 vintage with great scores!
MARCH 2022: DG has received some great reviews on our 2019 Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, including 5 wines awarded 94+ points. To read the full article with reviews click here.
Here are a few of them:
2019 Devil's Gulch Chardonnay, Marin County: 94 - SOLD OUT
2019 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley: 94
2019 Deviate Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast: 94
2019 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir, Fort Ross-Seaview: 95
2019 Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast: 94
Dutton-Goldfield's 2019 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay is perfect for winter food pairings.
JANUARY 2022: Our 2019 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay is a perfect wine to drink with winter season's favorite foods, as noted in this article by Sara Schneider for Robb Report. This "complex, multi-faceted Chard" fares very well with foods such as rich crab dishes and seafood risotto. Read full article here.
Dutton-Goldfield wines listed in 100 most amazing wines in Sonoma County!
NOVEMBER 2021: Wine writer Linda Murphy recognizes Dutton-Goldfield's 2018 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay and 2019 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir in her list of "100 Most Amazing Wines in Sonoma County". Read full list here.
A great educational piece on our beloved Devil's Gulch Vineyard where Dutton-Goldfield sources Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
AUGUST 2021: The Prince of Pinot writes in The PinotFile - Volume 12, Issue 21 that the Devil's Gulch Vineyard in Marin County as one of California's elite Pinot Noir vineyards. Also, our 2018 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir received a great review. Read here.
2018 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir, Marin County: 96
Wine writer and reviewer Jonathan Cristaldi names Dutton Ranch as one of California's best vineyard sources.
AUGUST 2021: Food & Wine's wine writer Jonathan Cristaldi states Dutton Ranch as one of the "larger, highly-sought-after sites that sell grapes to multiple producers in California." To read The 17 Most Important California Vineyards All Wine Lovers Need to Know, click here.
Dutton-Goldfield's 2016 Cherry Ridge Syrah is featured in Robb Report's article "12 Bottles of Syrah That Just Might Convert You From Cabernet" by Sara Schneider.
AUGUST 2021: Wine writer Sara Schneider recognizes our 2016 Cherry Ridge Vineyard as one California Syrah deserving of its own fan base. We consider our cool-climate Syrah as having a lot of character. Read article here.
We are so proud of the scores for our 2016 Syrah and 2018 vintage wines from Wine Enthusiast!
2016 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah, Russian River Valley: 93
2018 Deviate Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast: 94
2018 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley: 94
2018 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Green Valley of Russian River Valley: 95
2018 Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir, Green Valley of Russian River Valley: 93
2018 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley: 93
2018 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir, Fort Ross-Seaview: 94
2018 Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast: 94
2018 Van Der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Mountain: 91
Dutton-Goldfield's 2020 Shop Block Pinot Blanc is named one of Robb Report's best summer Pinot Blancs to be drinking this summer.
July 2021: Our 2020 Pinot Blanc from Green Valley of Russian River Valley is a very versatile wine. Whether by itself or with a summer salad, seafood, pasta, or any cheese, this wine pairs deliciously. Sara Schneider from Robb Report lists this special wine as one of the best this year in her article "9 Stellar Wines That Prove You Should Be Drinking Pinot Blanc This Summer." Click here to read full list.
DG's 2016 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah from the Russian River Valley makes one of FoodAndWine.com's best 42 Syrahs from all over the world!
June 2021: We may be a little over excited about this honor but it's worth mentioning our inclusion into this list of great Syrahs. Our 2016 vintage was referred as "an almost Pinot Noir-like elegance" of a Syrah, along with noting that this wine has a "Pinot-producer's hand" in the making. Of course, Dan is an excellent Pinot Noir producer, and this just proves that he knows what he's doing with other varietals as well.
Sonoma County's The Press Democrat names Dutton-Goldfield's 2019 Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling "Wine of the Week"!
JUNE 2021: Our 2019 Petaluma Gap sourced Riesling was chosen this honor by wine writer and reviewer Peg Melnik. She stated this wine as "a floral Riesling, with aromas of honeysuckle and white flowers. On the palate, notes of apricot and peach unfold".
Click here to read the full article.
Which wine does go with the wind? We'd have to say our Dutton-Goldfield 2018 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir.
April 2021: A recent review in the Sonoma County Gazette of Petaluma Gap Pinots revealed some pretty tasty wines from that region, with the winner being our 2018 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir. We couldn't be prouder!
"Winner, winner Petaluma chicken dinner. Dutton-Goldfield, who uses the grapes grown in the Petaluma Gap region to produce its wines, was the favorite during our wine tasting." - Peter D. Posert
Wine Enthusiast's article "Sonoma Is 'Expanding the Definition' of Great Chardonnay" written by Virginie Boone gives a wonderful overview of the beautiful Chardonnays made here in Sonoma County.
MARCH 2021: We couldn't agree more with Virginie Boone regarding the delicious Chardonnays that are being produced in Sonoma County. Our 2018 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay is one the focused wines in Virginie's article. (A picture of one of the Rued vines shown here.) To read her full article click here.
iWineReview.com highlighted Dutton-Goldfield's Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for the 2018 vintage!
FEBRUARY 2021: IWR "regularly reviews wines from all of California's premier winegrowing sites" and this time they shined the spotlight on our 2018 vintage Chardonnay and Pinot. Click here to read full article and see reviews.
Consistently great scores for our 2018 single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from wine critic Dr. Owen Bargreen.
DECEMBER 2020: Wine critic Dr. Owen Bargreen, formerly of Washington Wine Blog, recently launched OwenBargreen.com, continuing to share his expert coverage on Washington, Oregon and California wines and wineries. We'd like to share his review on some of our 2018 single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Read full review here:
"The wine consistently strikes a balance between opulence and poise."
November 2020 - We are excited to share the latest reviews from Connoisseurs' Guide on some of our 2018 wines.
- 2018 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay - Green Valley of Russian River Valley - 90
- 2018 Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir - Mendocino County, 92
- 2018 Deviate Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast, 91
- 2018 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir - Marin County, 91
- 2018 Van Der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir - Sonoma Mountain, 91
- 2018 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir - Petaluma Gap - 91
- 2018 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir - Green Valley of Russian River Valley - 90
- 2018 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir - Russian River Valley - 90
- 2018 Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir - Green Valley of Russian River Valley - 90
- 2018 Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast - 90
Some amazing new scores from Wine Enthusiast!
November 2020: The following scores will be featured on Wine Enthusiast Magazine's website November 2020 through January 2021.
2018 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay, Marin County: 95 - Cellar Selection
2018 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley: 96 - Editor's Choice
2018 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir, Marin County: 95 - Editor's Choice
2018 Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mendocino County: 94 - Cellar Selection
2018 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir, Petaluma Gap: 93 - Cellar Selection
Dan Goldfield Keeps Steadily Rolling Forward On His Bike And In His Winery
October 2020: Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen interview Dan Goldfield in this very insightful article in Forbes.
"Many great viticultural areas encompass intricate topographies, and rural roads and paths with great visual and sensual unfolding in small amounts of distance. Such is the same for great riding areas."
Food & Wine recognizes Dutton-Goldfield's Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel!
AUGUST 2020: Our 2017 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel was recognized by Food & Wine as one of "21 Amazing Zinfandels to Buy Right Now".
Wine of the Week: Dutton-Goldfield, 2016 Deviate, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.
July 14th 2020: Our 2016 Dutton-Goldfield Deviate Pinot Noir was chosen by Peg Melnik as Wine of the Week in Sonoma County's Press Democrat. For full review click here.
Dutton-Goldfield is selected as part of the Top 50 stand-out Pinot Noir producers in Sonoma County!
June 2020: Dutton-Goldfield was featured in Wine Spectator's 50 Top Sonoma Producers in their June 30th, 2020 issue. Highlighted wines from our portfolio are 2017 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, 92 rating; 2017 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, 91 rating.
The full feature can be found here: 50 Top Sonoma Producers
New scores from Wine Spectator in their May 2020 issue.
2017 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay, Green Valley of Russian River Valley: 92
2017 Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay, Green Valley of Russian River Valley: 91
2017 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir, Marin County: 91
2017 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley: 91
2017 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel, Russian River Valley: 90
We're pleased to share these new scores from Wine Enthusiast!
March 2020: The following scores were featured in Wine Enthusiast Magazine's February/March 2020 issue.
2017 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley: 94
2017 Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay, Green Valley of Russian River Valley: 92
Upcoming scores on Wine Enthusiast Magazine's website in September 2020:
2019 Shop Block Pinot Blanc, Green Valley of Russian River Valley: 94
2018 Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling, Marin County: 93 - Editor's Choice
2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast: 91
We are proud to share International Wine Review's February 2020 Dutton-Goldfield wine scores!
2017 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay, Green Valley of Russian River Valley: 93
2017 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Green Valley of Russian River Valley: 94
2017 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley: 93
2017 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley: 94
2017 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir, Marin County: 92
2017 Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast: 92
As part of Wine Enthusiast’s 2020 Advocacy Issue, Contributing Editor Virginie Boone highlights Steve Dutton, of Dutton-Goldfield Winery & Dutton Ranch, as a leader in Sonoma County’s mission to become the first 100% certified sustainable wine region in a feature article titled, “Raising Sustainability in Sonoma.” “A big part of sustainability is how to stay in business and have viable ranches and businesses for our kids to inherit one day.” -Steve Dutton
Dutton-Goldfield is featured in Robb Report's article "7 Standout Wines That Showcase the Delicious Power of Single-Vineyard Varietals."
MARCH 2020: Wine writer Sara Schneider features Dutton-Goldfield as one of the top producers of single-vineyard wines. Sara highlights Dutton-Goldfield's 2017 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2017 Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir, and 2017 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir.
Dutton-Goldfield wines shine in recent Restaurant Wine reviews
AUGUST 2019: Dutton-Goldfield received 4-5 Star reviews in the recent issue of Restaurant Wine. The 2017 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir each received 4 stars. Our 2017 Gewurztraminer and Riesling took home top honors with 5 Stars, as did our 2015 Cherry Ridge Syrah.
Dutton-Goldfield Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Selections Awarded 94+ Points from WE!
FEBRUARY 2019: We have received some rave reviews on our 2016 single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, including 4 wines awarded 94+ points.
2016 Angel Camp Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley: 94
2016 Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mendocino County: 95 & Cellar Selection
2016 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir, Marin County: 95 & Cellar Selection
2016 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir, Fort Ross-Seaview: 94
Dan Goldfield Lends his Expertise
JANUARY 2019: "The job of a winemaker, the way I see it, is to choreograph the creation of the wine in the bottle - from the time you choose a vineyard, to determine when it's picked, to look at the whole vision of what you want from a particular vineyard and make that happen both in the vineyard and the winery." - Dan Goldfield, shares his expertise in an Introduction to Winemaking video produced by GuildSomm.
Dutton-Goldfield 2016 Pinot Noir: Whoa Nelly!
NOVEMBER 2018: Rusty Gaffney, The Prince of Pinot, scored our entire lineup of 2016 Pinot Noirs 90+ points.
"I recently sampled ten Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir wines from the 2016 vintage and was awed that every single wine in the lineup was superb.. Year in and year out, the team of winemaker Dan Goldfield and winegrower Steve Dutton produces wines of consistent excellence so this tasting was no surprise. As a group, this lineup of Pinot Noirs was the best I have ever tasted from Dutton-Goldfield..."
Rued Vineyard Chardonnay: "The Chardonnay of the Month, Maybe the Year"
JANUARY 2018: A lovely article written by Katie Kelly Bell of Forbes featuring our beloved Rued Vineyard Chardonnay. "...there are those who bring glory to the grape, who remind us why we loved it in the first place. I would place winemaker Dan Goldfield of Dutton-Goldfield in the glory-making category."
2015 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir awarded 92 points and ranking in Wine Spectator Top 100 List
DECEMBER 2017: Our 2015 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir was the only Russian River Pinot Noir to make the list this year, a distinction we could not be more proud of.
“Well-centered on a mix of cherry, plum and raspberry flavors, elegant and refined, with sufficient tannins to hold attention. Ends with a clean, mouthwatering aftertaste that echoes the fruit and spice notes. Drink now through 2024.” - JL