Once again, the famed Dutton Ranch has yielded a dark and alluring Pinot Noir with mesmerizing aromas of blackberry, black cherry and earthy forest floor. The dark berry elements are echoed on the palate, where they mingle with vibrant red fruit flavors and a broad, mouthcoating texture that glides to a lingering finish.
2017 offered idyllic growing conditions with plentiful winter and spring rains, which led to an excellent fruit set. While the summer was warm, with occasional heat spikes, healthy canopies and thoughtful pruning provided ideal dappled sunlight on the vines. Just as our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were achieving ideal ripeness, a major heat event hit the valley. The result was an extremely brisk harvest with long nights of hand-picking and days full of sorting, destemming and pressing. While the pace of harvest was challenging, the fruit came in beautifully, fermented flawlessly and yielded wines with vibrant fruit and lovely acidity.