The 2016 season got off to an early start due to the mild winter. A cool summer followed, giving the winery a long season that allowed the Pinots to develop slowly, packing the berries with flavor. The long growing season also gave Dutton-Goldfield Pinots with great acidity and balance. The 2016 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir leads with high-energy fruit aromas of deep, dark black cherry leaping out of the glass. Plush black raspberry notes follow, complemented by a rhubarb earthiness and rose petal floral notes. In the mouth, the wine is both rich and lively, one of the winery's favorite qualities of great Pinots, with juicy blackberry flavors edged with redwood and spice box. The finish is especially succulent, bringing you back for another sip.
This crowd-pleaser of a wine offers versatility in pairing, matching with anything from a chunk of aged Gouda to eggplant parmesan, pasta or pizza to roasted game birds or lamb.