Russian River Valley - Sonoma County, USA
750ml / 13.5% ABV
Blend: Pinot Noir
The relatively sunny 2012 vintage grew a firm forceful pinot noir at Freestone Hill, a wine that lasts on a beam of red cherry fruit and a green, fresh scent that feels like a distillation of redwood fronds. The layers of fruit and savory structure integrate with air in a beautiful, complex pinot noir that could only come from Sonoma coastal hills.
From a coastal vineyard in the southwest corner of the Russian River Valley, this is earthy and brambly on the nose, inviting in its sense of wild abandon. Concentrated yet vibrant in acidity, the flavors lean toward cranberry and tart cherry, completely enveloped in intriguing cardamom spice. Elegant and balanced.Collectively, the Dutton Goldfield Pinots are not an especially outgoing bunch, and they strike us as being still hampered by youth. Here, again, is a wine that leads with a nice sense of well-defined black cherry fruit and, despite starting out fairly beamy and ripe, gets a touch tight and tough towards the finish. It keeps a firm grasp on fruit nonetheless and in so doing counts persistence and length as important assets, and it has the filling, the structure and the spine to improve over the next four or five years.
The concentrated ruby color foretells the rest. The nose is black cherry, boysenberry, forest floor, clove and Asian spice, and evolves and broadens in the glass. In the mouth, its fruit tones of blackberry cobbler, strawberry and cranberry smoothie are wrapped in savory spice. It is the combination of ruby-like precision, alluring intricacy and hedonistic richness that make this a special offering.
The Freestone Hill Vineyard is farmed by the Dutton family. Located on a south-facing hillside overlooking the tiny town of Freestone, the vineyard lies just inside the southwest corner of the Russian River Valley AVA. The wine throws a complex set of aromas leading with blackberry, violet and a coriander-like aroma we refer to as "Freestone Spice." The vineyard is planted to Dijon clones and is the epitome of what we expect from a cold-climate Pinot Noir vineyard.
|Try it with a mushroom tart, duck confit, or potato and bacon au gratin.|
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