2017 Green Valley Road Pinot Noir
Dutton Ranch farms more than 80 separate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Green Valley Road Vineyard is a certified Sonoma County Sustainably-Farmed and Fish-Friendly vineyard located in the heart of the Green Valley, one of the coolest regions in the Russian River AVA. These vines are planted in the Goldridge soil that historically produce wines of consistent character. We hope you enjoy this vineyard’s fruit as much as we love transforming it into wine.
The Green Valley Road Vineyard has been a corner stone of the Karmen Isabella blend. This section of the vineyard has been known in the cellar as the ‘Dark Horse’ and “Wow Juice”.We regularly taste and evaluate vineyards and blocks for inclusion in blends or as stand alone expressions of great fruit and distinctive Terrior.
In 2017 the quality of this small block clearly confirmed its status as a single vineyard designate. Given the ripe and concentrated nature of the fruit the cold soak was shortened by a day and the fermentation proceeded slowly over seven days at cooler temperatures. The fruit was handled gently through out the process including a very gentle sequence of pressing prior to aging in barrel. The rich character of the fruit was married with 75% new French oak for aging. These barrels were specifically selected for this special vineyard block and contribute rich vanilla and smoky notes.
You are immediately struck by rich maroon and deep red color of this wine. With a slight purple cast you know this is not going to be a shy wine. Effusive fruity black cherry aromas with sandalwood, nutmeg and cola notes jumps out of the glass.... blueberry and blackberry floral notes follow. A rich rose perfume evolves with time in the glass. Rich and serene on the palate, the currant like blue and black fruits persist with a rhubarb, strawberry and cranberry edge. This cool climate Pinot Noir has great length and a juicy black cherry and cranberry finish with fresh crushed fruit acidity and tannins. It is a lovely wine that clearly states the quality that the Green Valley Road Vineyard offers. This rich Pinot Noir will develop for many years to come.
50 cases produced