97 points

Dutton-Goldfield 2010 Dutton Ranch Rued Vineyard Chardonnay (Green Valley)

The cold and fog actually helped this Chardonnay, which achieves a remarkable delicacy and tartness despite the power of its fruit. Really remarkable for the flood of golden mango, Asian pear and Key lime pie richness, which is grounded by a firm minerality. Oak influence and aging on the lees lend the perfect…

 — S.H.   Published 9/1/2012
96 points

Dutton-Goldfield 2008 Dutton Ranch Rued Vineyard Chardonnay (Green Valley)

This vineyard has proved itself for so many years that it’s practically a guarantee of greatness. This 2008 is a real stunner. It’s so rich and exotic, so balanced and dry, so clean. Dazzles with pear, pineapple, lychee, roasted hazelnut, crème brûlée, buttered toast, honey and spice flavors, wrapped into a creamy…

 — S.H.   Published 12/15/2010
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Dutton-Goldfield 2005 Dutton Ranch Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

This is ageable and enormously complex, and should do very interesting things over the next six years. Right now it is tight and fresh in primary fruits and acidity. It’s an enormously rich wine, vast in black cherries, pomegranates, cola, red plums, balsam and sautéed mushroom flavors, with a gamy, forest-floor…

 — S.H.   Published 12/1/2007
95 points

Dutton-Goldfield 2011 Dutton Ranch Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

Everything about this Pinot screams quality. Although it will only improve with time, it’s certainly enjoyable now for its raspberry, cherry, cola and oak flavors that will pair perfectly with a great steak. The Dijon clones that constitute the blend reacted perfectly to the cool vintage, yielding ripe fruit along…

 — S.H.   Published 12/31/2013
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95 points

Dutton-Goldfield 2011 Dutton Ranch Rued Vineyard Chardonnay (Green Valley)

Rued Ranch consistently is the winery’s top bottling. The 2011, like its predecessors, is modest in alcohol but vast in citrus, tropical fruit, honeysuckle and mineral flavors, and enriched with smoky oak and buttery notes. It has a delicate mouthfeel that makes it a joy to savor.

 — S.H.   Published 10/1/2013
95 points

Dutton-Goldfield 2009 Dutton Ranch Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

Mouthwatering acidity and berry freshness mark this muscular young Pinot Noir. It’s gritty in tannins and brilliant in acids, with subtle flavors of sour red cherries, persimmons and cola, as well as a mushroomy earthiness to which oak adds exotic sandalwood notes. Very dry and fine, complex and provocative, a wine…

 — S.H.   Published 10/1/2011
95 points

Dutton-Goldfield 2008 Dutton Ranch Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

Extraordinary for how drinkable it is right now, and for how it will evolve. Shows the crisp acidity and minerality of this cool-climate vineyard, with rich flavors of raspberries, cherry liqueur, cola, exotic spices, vanilla, buttered cinnamon toast and smoky sandalwood. Yet the tannic integrity should help it…

 — S.H.   Published 12/15/2010
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95 points

Dutton-Goldfield 2005 Dutton Ranch Rued Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

A very fine Chard, complex and layered, and quite dry. Acidity makes the tangerine, kumquat, ripe yellow pear, roasted pineapple and oaky, crème brûlée flavors really come alive. After you swallow, the wine leaves behind a delicious impression.

 — S.H.   Published 12/1/2007
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