Dutton Estate

Owner(s) Joe Dutton, Tracy Dutton
Web site www.duttonestate.com
 
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Dutton Estate

This winery specializes in vineyard-designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc from the Dutton family’s estate vineyards at Dutton Ranch in the Green Valley, Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations. Dutton Estate was established in 1995 by Tracy and Joe Dutton originally as Sebastopol Vineyards.

The Dutton Ranch was founded in 1964 by noted Sonoma County viticulturist Warren Dutton. Today, Dutton Ranch farms 1300 acres of grapes that include over 65 vineyards, and 250 acres of apples. Grapes are sold to over sixty wineries, many of which feature the prestigious Dutton Ranch designation on the label.

Winemaker Terry Adams crafts the Dutton Estate wines as well as those released under the Sebastopol Vineyards label which are a broader representation of the appellations. Adams has been the winemaker since 2010. Formerly Director of Winemaking at Sonoma-cutrer, Adams began his winemaking career in 1977 at Chateau Souverain under the tutelage of William Bonetti. In 1981, he joined Sonoma-Cutrer, where he was reunited with Bonetti, where they both helped create the first wines for Sonoma-Cutrer.

Production is between 4,000 and 5,000 cases annually. The wines are available on the website and through retailer www.klwines.com.

A tasting room is open daily 11:00-5:00 at 8757 Green Valley Road.

Reviewed Wines

2014 Dutton Estate Kylie’s Cuvée Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

13.9% alc., pH 3.25%, TA 0.68, 321 cases, $23. Named for second-born daughter. Sourced from Dutton Ranch’s “Shop Block” in Green Valley. Whole cluster pressed, slowly fermented in stainless steel and aged 3-4 months in neutral French oak barrels. No malolactic fermentation. Fined and filtered. · Very light platinum yellow color in the glass. Very nicely appointed nose with fragrant aromas of white peach, grapefruit and grilled pineapple. The flavors echo the aromas with a touch of lemon-lime and subtle grassiness typical of this varietal. Nicely composed with refreshing acidity that leads to a high pitched finish. Score: 91. Reviewed July 13, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Dutton Estate Jewell Block Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.87, TA 0.49, 143 cases, $53. Vineyard is located in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley. The site was formerly home to Gravenstein apples and contains Goldridge sandy loam soils. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 66% new. · Light cherry red color in the glass. Uplifting and persistent aromas of cherries and strawberries lead to a well-spiced palate of red cherry fruit framed by gentle fine-grain tannins. Soft and satiny in texture with an elegant demeanor, making for a very easy friendship. Spice up your life. Score: 90. Reviewed June 5, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Dutton Estate Manzana Vineyard-Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.62, 201 cases, $56. Vineyard is located in the heart of the Green Valley. Clones “828,” and 115 planted in 2001. Goldridge sandy loam soils. 100% de-stemmed, cold soak, open top fermentation, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 33% new. A selection of the best barrels from the Manzana lot. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose opens slowly in the glass to reveal aromas of black cherry, dark red rose and forest floor. The cherry and raspberry fruits attract attention on the attack and the ever expanding flavors are very satisfying. The fine-grain texture is of interest, there is a good underlying cut of acidity, and the finish is replete with generous fruit as well as blessed with lengthy intentions. Score: 92. Reviewed June 5, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Dutton Estate Thomas Road Vineyard-Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.56, 148 cases, $56. Vineyard is located in the northeastern part of the Green Valley of Russian River Valley. Planted to Dijon 115 in 1997. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 36% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of muddled cherries, earth, iron and a persistent, but subtle scent of acetic acid. Impressive attack of well-spiced black cherry fruit with notable mid palate presence, finishing with appealing juiciness. Slightly more dense and firmly tannic than the other 2014 Pinot Noirs reviewed here, with a gamey, sauvage edge, but still sleek and refreshing. Score: 89. Reviewed June 5, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Dutton Estate La Familia-Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.85, TA 0.52, 95 cases, $60. Sourced from Kozlowski Family Vineyard located in the heart of Green Valley of Russian River Valley. Vineyard was planted to Pommard clone in 1998 in Goldridge sandy loam soil. 100% destemmed, 5-day cold soak, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 35% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Regal aromas of fresh black cherry pie, nutmeg and herbs. Delicious charge of seductive cherry and raspberry fruits in a mid weight style with impressive palate fullness and overreaching length. Wonderful harmony and a baby’s bottom texture. A beguiling wine that is quite friendly in the mouth. Score: 93. Reviewed June 5, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Dutton Estate Kyndell’s Reserve-Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.6% alc., pH 3.43, TA 0.62, 993 cases, 1,150 cases, $39. Sourced from Vine Hill Ridge Vineyard. Whole cluster pressed, 100% malolactic fermentation, aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderately light yellow color in the glass. Pleasant aromas of lemon, apple and lychee lead to a creamy palate of apple, citrus, honey and blonde caramel flavors with a hint of slate in the background. A restrained, but very enjoyable style that exhibits exemplary balance. Score: 90. Reviewed July 13, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Dutton Estate Dutton Palms Vineyard-Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

14.4% alc., pH 3.41, TA 0.63, 121 cases, 150 cases, $43. Vineyard is located in the coolest part of the Green Valley of Russian River Valley, and was planted from the Chardonnay clone (Dutton clone) Warren Dutton used in 1967 to plant the original “Shop Block” Chardonnay Vineyard at Dutton Ranch. Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented, 100% natural malolactic fermentation, aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderately light golden straw color in the glass. The nose leads with aromas of apple, lemon marmalade and banana. Juicy and crisp in the mouth, with flavors of ripe peach, lemon curd and subtle oak highlights. Very charming, with some finishing intensity and admirable balance. Score: 92. Reviewed July 13, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Dutton Estate Karmen-Isabella-Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.49, TA 0.59, 1,186 cases, $44. A selection of the Dutton’s favorite three vineyards (Manzana, Marty’s and Thomas Road) with the goal of producing a vision of the Russian River Valley. The wine is named after the Dutton’s youngest daughter and is a blend of reserve barrels. Clones “828,” 777 and 115.100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 33% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of red cherry rose petal and underbrush. Vibrant, with good acidity, offering a mid weight melange of dark red cherry and berry flavors shadowed by toasty oak. The supportive tannins are finely honed, and there is some staying power on the enjoyable finish. Score: 89. Reviewed June 5, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Dutton Estate Manzana Vineyard-Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.61, 133 cases, $54. This vineyard is located in the heart of Green Valley and was planted in Goldridge soil to “828” and 115 in 2001. 100% de-stemmed, cold soak, aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 33% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed, very ripe fruit liquor including aromas of black raspberries, black plum and cassis. A mix of dark red and black fruits are modestly concentrated but flavorful, and complimented by suave tannins. A finishing burst of fruit is the wine’s best attribute. Score: 90. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Dutton Estate Manzana Vineyard-Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.61, 133 cases, $54. Vineyard located in Green Valley. Dijon clones 115 and “828.” 100% destemmed. Aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 33% new. A selection of best barrels from the Manzana lot. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. Shy, but pleasing scents of black cherry, boysenberry and oak spice. Packed with ripe and vigorous purple fruits with an aggressive attack and a juicy boysenberry-rich finish that has impressive length. The oak is nicely integrated, the tannins are supple, and the peach skin texture is inviting. Score: 90. Reviewed July 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Dutton Estate Thomas Road Vineyard-Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.49, TA 0.59, 124 cases, $54. Thomas Road Vineyard was planted to clone 115 in 1997 in rocky Sebastopol Goldridge-type soil. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 36% new. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Hi-tone aromas of cherry pie glaze, red berry jam and spicy oak lead to a middleweight array of red fruit flavors enhanced by a hint of baking spices. The wine offers impressive harmony, supple tannins, and an enchanting finish replete with dried cranberry flavor. Score: 92. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Dutton Estate Thomas Road Vineyard-Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.29, TA 0.59, 124 cases, $54. Vineyard located in northeastern part of Green Valley and planted to Dijon clone 115 in 1997. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 36% new. · Moderately light crimson color in the glass. Love the nose which offers penetrating aromas of black cherry and exotic spices including clove. Very flavorful, with a mid weight core of cherry fruit accented with cola and complimented by oak. Wonderful balance with suave tannins and an uplifting, cherry-driven finish. Score: 92. Reviewed July 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Dutton Estate Karmen Isabella-Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.55, 1805 cases, $40. Dutton Ranch farms over 80 unique vineyards in the cooler areas of the Russian River Valley, primarily in the Green Valley AVA. This wine resulted from a selection of 3 favorite vineyards (Thomas Road, Marty’s and Manzana) representing the Duttons’ vision of a signature Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Clones “828,” 777 and 115 planted in Goldridge soil. 100% destemmed, 5-day cold soak, three punch downs daily, aged 10 months in 33% new French oak barrels. The final blend is a barrel selection of reserve quality. Winemaker is Terry Adams. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Bright perfume of fresh Bing cherries, raspberries and toasty oak. Upon entry, the wine fills the mouth with pure cherry pleasure and hints of cola and oak spice. A sophisticated offering that is forward and easy to like, with supple tannins, vibrancy, a silky mouth feel, and a luscious cherry-themed finish. Score: 93. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »

2007 Dutton Estate Winery Karmen-Isabella Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 625 cases, $30. · Wonderful aromatics featuring concentrated berry fruit with a hint of oak, herbs, spice, brown sugar and brioche. Tasty cherry and berry core with hint of spice. Lacks a little impression on the mid-palate but shows some persistence on the generous finish. Won’t disappoint at this price. Very good (+). Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Dutton Estate Dutton Ranch Karmen Isabella Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 625 cases, $37. Composed of fruit from three selected vineyards at Dutton Ranch in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley. · Stunning aromas of fresh Bing cherries and strawberries. Luscious core of cherries, strawberries and cassis create a rich and vivid middle palate. All silk and satin in texture with alcohol providing a sweet plushness. A hedonistic Pinot Noir that will please lovers of virile fruit. I usually go for a lighter touch, but this one really grabbed my attention. Reviewed October 29, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Dutton Estate Dutton Ranch Dutton-Thomas Road Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 275 cases, $45. · Lovely aroma of fresh cherry tart. Red cherry and berry fruit is front and center with a touch of earthiness. Very supple in the mouth with well-concealed tannins and impeccable balance. More finesse and less persistence than the Karmen Isabella bottling, but very satisfying in its own right. Very good. Reviewed October 29, 2009 ARTICLE »



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