2017 Jewell Block Pinot Noir
93 Points - Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate
Experienced the elegant side of Pinot Noir with fruit from our Jewell Vineyard, a true gem. This limited production wine is made in the old-world style with more earthiness apparent from start to finish. The nose is consistently bright bouquet of bing cherry, lavender, and plum blossoms. Aromatically complex and simultaneously delicate, the flavors that exude are Portobello mushroom, damp forest floor, orange coated with Baker’s dark chocolate, and hints of clove and allspice.
From start to finish the efforts, time and energy put into these three barrels of wine is off the charts. The problem child of the 1st o the 2017 vintage. Like every problem child, they are the ones you remember the most. You hope and pray along the way that everything will turn out just right. And when it all falls into place and the time and energy pays off, its just that much sweeter. Jewell is that wine. From slow to ripen fruit on the vine, daily checking every row, to fermentation, the ups and down we had with Jewell challenged us every step of the way. In the end, these grapes spent 23 days fermenting on the skins. When the end finally came and this wine was pressed, I can say, these are three of my favorite barrels we have in the cellar. Our cellar master reckons that this is a wine that you fall so deeply in love with that you will be speechless. Not to worry though, you’ll have the fortitude to ask for a second glass. This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for the next five to eight years.
Dutton Ranch farms more than 80 separate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Planted in 1980, our Jewell Block Vineyard is elevated and has a slightly western aspect. This site consistently has bright aromatics and earthy complexities. We source the fruit for this wine from a few selected rows that utilize a quadrilateral cordon trellis system. Dutton Ranch vineyards are certified Sonoma County Sustainably-Farmed and Fish-Friendly for future generations.