2016 Dutton Goldfield “Deviate” Pinot Noir
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2016 Dutton Goldfield “Deviate” Pinot Noir

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Tasting notes 

The early start and cool summer of 2016 gave our pinots a long growing season, creating lusciously ripe fruit that also maintains its brightness. In the case of our Deviate, an extra dose of elegance shows in the silky smoothness of the wine this vintage. The nose perfectly captures the essential attributes of both sites, leading with boysenberry, candied raspberry, and violets, with cinnamon, rhubarb, and sandalwood providing a savory backdrop. In the mouth, lively and juicy black cherry cobbler flavors spread softly to envelop you with their broad embrace. A touch of cedar chimes in on the long structured finish, continuing the fruit/spice dance to the final note.


Winemaking notes
After hand sorting and destemming each block into small open-top fermenters, the must is cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice, and fruit characters, while mitigat¬ing harsher tannins. The lots are punched down between 1 and 3 times per day depending on the stage of fermentation, and character of the lot. With this wine, we chose barrels to accentuate the roundness and spice of the wine. Instead of choosing one signature barrel, we spread out to three of our favorite barrels with a big personality. The Seguin Moreau Icone barrel brings out the earthy mushroom quality of the wine, the Hermitage adds its spicy boldness and Taransaud chimes in with its beautiful base notes of richness. We bottled the wine in early May of 2019.

Vineyard details
A blend from Jentoft Vineyard in the Green Valley of Russian River (Calera clone)Putnam Vineyard, near Annapolis on the far west Sonoma Coast

Dutton-Goldfield is one of the top tier producers in Sonoma County. The Dutton Family is on their 3rd Gen overseeing the legendary Dutton Ranch, overseeing 1,150 acres of vineyards.

Dan Goldfield has been a winemaker for Schramsberg, La Crema and Hartford Court before starting this partnership with Steve Dutton.

"Such a great nose!  Aromas of black cherry, cola, and roasted meats explode from the glass.  This medium-bodied wine is loaded with red and dark fruits, plus a touch of warm spices.  It has a wonderful texture that leads to a long finish with soft tannins.

This runs with the big dogs in California Pinot.  Well done!"

Drink Date 2020 - 2030

Michael Carpenter-Vino Pal Wine Director


                                                 95 Points Anthony Dias Blue

94 Points Pinot File-A blend of grapes from Jentoft Vineyard in Green Valley planted to the Calera clone by Steve Dutton in 2003, and Putnam Vineyard near Annapolis on the far Sonoma Coast. 100% destemmed, 5-day cold soak, open-top fermentation. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 55% new. · Dark garnet color in the glass. A message of quality is clear in this wine that leads off with aromas of black cherry, wine cave, and nutty oak. Expansive, mouth-filling purple and blackberry fruits engage the mid-palate with purpose and persist through a very long finish. There is just a kiss of oak, a touch of spice, and a subtle smoky thread. The tannins are invisible and the overall impression is one of harmony. Even better when tasted two days after opening. Score: 94

Food pairings and serving recommendation 
A dish that echoes this fruit and spice theme would pair nicely, such as spice-rubbed chicken with an agrodolce sauce of raisins and pine nuts or roasted tomatoes, or a sheep cheese with peppercorns, like Bellwether’s Pepato.


Best served at 55 degrees. Drink this directly from your cellar or wine fridge or place this wine in a fridge for 30 minutes before sharing 

Technical Notes

Aged 17 months in French oak, 55% new

Open top fermentation, cold soak, punch down

Calera clone

Alcohol 14.2%

348 cases produced