2021 La Familia Pinot Noir
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Dutton Ranch farms more than 80 separate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. The Kozlowski Family Vineyards is located in the heart of Green Valley and the home of Tracy Dutton's family, who have five generations of farming history in Sonoma County. Prior to being a vineyard, the Kozlowski land was once the largest raspberry patch in Northern California. The vineyard was planted to Pommard, Swan, and Dijon 115 clones in 1998, but only Pommard is used to make our classic Pinot Noir.
After a 3 day cold-soak, daily hand punch downs were applied to gently release color. The wine went through full malolactic fermentation in a mixture of French oak barrels, 50% new, which imparted different flavors of spice to the wine. The Pommard clone results in deep, beautiful color and a more medium-bodied Pinot full of dark red fruit.
The wine presents bold aromas of fresh, ripe raspberries. This is notable on the palate as well sour cherry and some gentle notes of nutmeg. The fruit follows to the finish, which is consistent with previous vintages of our flagship Pinot Noir. Delightful on its own, this wine will pair well with most food given the balanced acid, creating a light to medium bodied Pinot Noir.