Winemaker Notes - With its tiny crop and unusually cool summer, the 2011 vintage gave us an extraordinarily fresh and sleek Dutton Ranch Pinot. Though the fundamental bright berry core and silky Green Valley tannins are always part and parcel of this wine, there is a particularly vivid aromatic freshness this year, which carries through in its bright acid and low alcohol in the mouth. Red berries combined with black cherry fruit in the nose is underlain with candied rhubarb and a hint of sandalwood and cinnamon. In the mouth, the cherry flavors are carried through on the wonderfully fine tannins--like warm cherry vanilla ice cream in a glass. The finish is exceptionally lengthy, and serves up the accompanying sweet berry cream pie. With our stellar salmon season this year, we like to use a bit in our marinade to make the pairing even more ideal. But don't limit yourself. A beauty of this wine is the boundless possibilities, from herb crusted poultry to grilled fish to slices of goat Gouda.
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