2017 Thomas Road Pinot Noir
92 Points - Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate
This svelte and complex wine is defined as the “Big Brother” of our Pinot Noirs. Coming rom a winery with a “Sisters’ Collection” of wines that says a lot! It definitely holds its own and lets its distinctive voice be heard…and tasted. Tracy Dutton has consistently noted the particular aromas, of the red cherries from this distinctive vineyard.
Dark maroon and garnet on sight. Dark fruits and citrus peel notes rise from the glass with rosemary and dry herbs. Complex high tone lavender, violet, and rose aromas develop in the glass. Lithe, crisp and focused red cherry fruit dance on the palate. This surprisingly elegant wine has great balance and will be an impeccable dining companion. A light, green edge of herbs and leather enliven the acid for a mouthwatering texture. The secondary herb and spice characteristics give the wine and old world like layer of complexity. The tangy red fruit notes are tangled with earth and spice in the finish that glows with red cherry and raspberry flavors.
Dutton Ranch farms more than 80 separate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. We selected the Thomas Road Vineyard to represent a true “wine of place” Pinot Noir. The vineyard is located in the northeastern section of the sub-appellation of Green Valley, planted to clone Dijon 115 in 1997 on the rockier Sebastopol soil. Two different trellising systems give a great representations and opportunity to work with different fruit set and fermentations. This site yields dark berries with complex aromatics, focused and firmly structured flavors. It is certified Sonoma County Sustainably-Farmed and Fish-Friendly vineyard.