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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.
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
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
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
Aged 17 months in French oak, 55% new
Open top fermentation, cold soak, punch down
348 cases produced