Easy to like a lot now for its terrifically rich flavors of cherries, raspberries, pomegranates, mocha and smoky sandalwood flavors that take over and dazzle the palate. Also shows a silky, airy mouthfeel. But it’s way too young now, an obvious ager, and in fact demands time in the bottle. Stash this beauty. Best…— S.H.
Beautiful. Really impresses for its power and elegance, but way too young. We’re entering a new era where some Pinots require cellaring and this is one of them. It’s all acidity, oak and primary fruit now, but with such a nuclear concentration of cherries, raspberries and pomegranates that it will easily develop…— S.H.
The vineyard is in the coolest part of the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley. The wine, which is totally dry, is marked by brilliant acidity and long hangtime flavors of oranges, Meyer lemons and kiwi fruit, enriched by barrel fermentation and aging.— S.H.
Exceedingly ripe and a little high in alcohol, this Syrah nonetheless is just delicious. It swamps the mouth with pie-filling flavors of blackberries, cherries and raspberries, sprinkled with savory baking spices and enriched with sweet, smoky, caramelized oak. With firm but pliant tannins, it’s a beautiful wine to…— S.H.
A powerful, compelling young Pinot Noir notable for its depth of flavor and classic structure. Floods the palate with waves of raspberries, cherries, cola, sweet pomegranates, persimmons and spices that last long and clean on the finish. For all that, the wine is thoroughly dry, with firm, fine tannins. Try to age…— S.H.
Tremendously rich and oaky, with butterscotch-inspired pineapple, golden mango pear and Meyer lemon flavors that are as rich as crème brûlée. Dramatic now, if a bit overpowering. Calls for carefully crafted foods of the richest level, like lobster.— S.H.
This is one of the palest Pinots of the vintage, so translucent, you can hardly believe its power. A blend of various Dutton Ranch vineyards the result is serious and fabulous, a complex wine with cherry, cola and spice flavors and a luxuriously silky texture. This is textbook, world class RRV Pinot from a very…— S.H.
This is the best Jewel Block bottling ever from Dutton. The vineyard is in the heart of Green Valley, one of the coolest parts of Russian River, and the magnificent vintage has yielded a fantastically ripe wine, balanced with rich, crisp acidity. The flavors of cherries, raspberries, cola, tangerine zest and dusty…— S.H.