2014 Shop Block Pinot Blanc
When Warren Dutton purchased his original Graton Road ranch in 1964, it was producing French Colombard and Gray Riesling grapes, along with Rome apples. In the 1970s he replaced the Riesling and apples with more French Colombard. Situated in the valley of Purrington Creek, a tributary of Green Valley Creek, this is a wonderful spot for cold loving white grapes. Here the cold coastal air lingers through the mornings and nurtures fruit of fresh acidity and flavor concentration, while the deep but well drained Goldridge sandy loam soil grows healthy, balanced vines. When it was time to finally replant this block in 2003, the Duttons decided to try a bit of Pinot Blanc to augment the killer Chardonnay adjacent to this spot. Pinot Blanc is a white skinned mutation of Pinot Noir, prized for its fresh stone fruit flavors and cleansing mouthfeel. This vineyard is now completely dry farmed. As a special little treat to our best friends, DG is vinifying just a small amount of this mouthwateringly fresh Pinot Blanc.
The cold valley of Purrington Creek always provides a Pinot Blanc of structure, bright acidity and minerality. The early budbreak and late spring rain gave this valley floor vineyard all the encouragement it needed to throw a beautiful crop of remarkably rich fruit. The nose of our 2014 Shop Block Pinot Blanc is creamy white nectarine, with light lily of the valley floral touches. There’s an impression of minerality, like crushed oyster shells, punctuating the fruit and flowers, which continues in the mouth, giving the wine grip and added texture. The wine is at once mouthwatering and mouth coating, with pink grapefruit and lemon curd playing off each other. The finish is long and decadent peaches and cream as the nose promised. To quote our wine club friend, Michelle, this is a “porchable” wine that is lovely all on its own, but it also matches well with nearly any spring and summer dish. 384 cases produced.
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