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2012 Dutton Goldfield Pinot Noir "McDougall Vineyard"

Winery: Dutton Goldfield

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "McDougall Vineyard"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Sonoma Coast

State or country: CA

Price: $58

Cases produced: 390

KWG Score: 92 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: November 27, 2014

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir opens with a black plum and black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, rich and savory. The flavor profile is a mild old oak and mineral infused black plum with hints of black cherry. The finish is dry and its flavors stock around for a little while. This wine benefits from a little aeration. It would pair well with pork tenderloin. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: A friendly, even vintage like 2012, when there aren't any weather vagaries to deal with, really brings out the true nature of a vineyard, letting the character of that site sing. So it is with our McDougall Vineyard Pinot in 2012, and its exclamation of all that is beautiful and archetypal of the northern Sonoma Coast. The structure and tautness of the wine is apparent even in the nose, along with the classic black cherry and granite quality that speak of its home. A whip of red licorice and hint of savory and thyme round out the aromatics. The bright Bing cherry is accented with spicy toffee notes and the signature minerality in the mouth. The middle of the wine is exceptionally rich and mouth-coating, and the firm tannins tell of a long life ahead—we’ve been enjoying the 2002 recently, which is showing fabulously smooth and still vibrant twelve years after its harvest date. Try to hold some of the 2012 aside if you can, and for enjoying now, we love it with hearty beef dishes and sausages on the barbecue.

Organic status: not organic

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