2019 Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir
94 Points - The Tasting Panel & The Somm Journal
Dutton Ranch farms more than 80 separate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Our vineyards are certified Sonoma County Sustainable Farm Friendly. Each vineyard that contributed to this vintage played an important role in the overall flavor and complexity in this wine. The Green Valley Vineyard provides dark, richly flavored fruit, the Thomas Road Vineyard adds earthy notes and acidity, and the Manzana Vineyard lends red fruit and cherry cola aromas. Karmen Isabella is part of our Sisters Selection, named for Joe and Tracy's youngest daughter. This wine embodies Karmen Isabella, "old soul" of the family, with its quiet complexity and depth of flavor.
This wine required multiple night-time passes in the vineyard, each lot fermented separately to extract ideal flavors. It was cold-soaked for 3 days and punched down once daily during the cold soak period. Punch downs occurred up to three times daily during primary fermentation, The wine was then blended and aged in 50% new French oak.
The Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir captures the best of every vineyard from which we source. The nose presents bright notes of red strawberries, cloves, even a slight touch of floral and tobacco. On the palate, the wine is smooth and long lasting with a rich mid-palate feel and medium tannic structure. Flavors of deeper red fruit like raspberry and cherry cola are balanced with hints of nutmeg, clove, and cocoa powder.