Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain & Fort Ross-Seaview
Single Vineyard Sites
Situated high above the Gualala River and the Pacific Coast, McDougall Vineyard's was added to our portfolio in 2001. At the north end of the Sonoma Coast, just north of Hirsch and Flowers vineyards, it has the perfect southern exposure high on the hillside. Farmed by long-time Dutton friends (the late) Mac, Barbara and Rich McDougall, this vineyard's combination of high elevation and proximity to the coast produces fruit with inimitable personality (like Mac), intense black cherry fruit, mineral overtones and a firm tannin backbone.
Wine made from this site: McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir
We started sourcing fruit from the Annapolis area of the Sonoma Coast in 2013, and have enjoyed the fruits of our labor ever since. Putnam Vineyard is a family owned and operated vineyard nestled in the extreme Sonoma Coast, about six miles from the ocean. With a cool climate and high annual rainfall, the growing season is long and the grape maturation slow. The 32-acre vineyard is just above the fog line and sits among giant redwoods native to the area. The gravely soil and deficit irrigation creates stressed, naturally low yielding vines, which produce thick skinned fruit, small berries, and concentrated flavors. The wines from the area have beautifully developed tannins and a soft, plush texture.
Wine from this site: Redwood Ridge Pinot Noir
Van der Kamp Vineyard
Our favorite vineyards are those that have that magical combination of beautiful location, caring stewards, and great stories, and Van Der Kamp passes that test with flying colors. Dan had been working with fruit from the iconic vineyard for years, so when we had the opportunity to get some for Dutton-Goldfield in 2017, we didn’t hesitate. The picturesque site on a north-facing bench on the top of Sonoma Mountain sits above the frost line, and at the convergence of fog from the south and west, creating a pocket of sunshine. It’s one of the oldest Pinot vineyards still in production in Sonoma County, with the original blocks planted in the early 1950s. Martin, Dixie, and Ulysses van der Kamp have a deep connection and appreciation for their homestead, and farm the 25-acre vineyard sustainably, with a philosophy that the best fertilizer for a vineyard is the shadow of the farmer. We’re proud to now be among these winery relationships they cultivate, along with the grapes and other heritage crops they grow on the site.
Wine from this site: Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir