2020 Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir
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 vineyards from which we source. The nose presents bright notes of red strawberries, tart cherry, even a slight touch of earth and tobacco. On the palate, the wine is smooth and long lasting with a rich mid-palate feel and medium tannic structure. Flavors evolve into deeper red fruit like raspberry and ripe cherry are balanced with hints of baking spices and cocoa powder