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2013 Dutton Goldfield Pinot Noir "Azaya Ranch"

Winery: Dutton Goldfield

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Azaya Ranch"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Marin County

State or country: CA

Price: $58

Cases produced: 279

KWG Score: 93 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: September 10, 2015

Wine Review: This dark red colored Pinot Noir from Dutton Goldfield is fabulous. It opens with an attractive blueberry and acai berry bouquet with hints of cherry-cola. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced and really smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty mild red raspberry with notes of plum and strawberry. I also detected hints of subtle oak and faint maraschino cherry in the end. The finish is dry and its flavors are nicely prolonged. This Pinot is exceptionally food friendly. I would pair it with pork tenderloin with plum chutney. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The deep garnet color of the wine, with its jewel-like clarity, follows through with sweet and spicy aromas of brambly berries with a bright lift. In the mouth, the first impression is a basket of summer berries, with the bright lift of the aromas coming through as a sprightly cherry pop at the end. Spicy cinnamon and nutmeg touches provide a tantalizing frame to the fruit. The wine is everything we want from our northern Marin pinot: rich and generous, sweet and juicy, with solid but fine tannins that will make this an intriguing candidate for cellaring to watch as it unfolds in the years to come. The density of the wine will hold up to richer fish dishes, like salmon with a mustard and herb rub, as well as grilled meats.

Organic status: not organic

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