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2013 Dutton Goldfield Pinot Noir "Fox Den Vineyard"

Winery: Dutton Goldfield

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Fox Den Vineyard"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Green Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $58

Cases produced: 576

KWG Score: 93.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: December 20, 2015

Wine Review: This ruby colored Pinot Noir from Dutton Goldfield opens with a blackberry and black raspberry bouquet with hints of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, rich and very fruit forward. The flavor profile is a ripe black raspberry and plum blend with nicely integrated oak. There are hints of minerality, black pepper and RC cola in the background. The finish is dry and its flavors and spices stick around for quite some time after the wine is gone. This very fruit forward Pinot would appeal to Zin fans and pair well with barbecue ribs. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2013 season once again gave us a super luscious Fox Den to share with you. In the glass, the garnet color is gemlike and bright, and this liveliness is continued on to the creamy raspberry nose. The wine is sweet and silky, and has that wonderful characteristic that all great pinots do of being rich yet light on its feet, mouthfilling without being heavy. A light overlay of tobacco spice frames the red raspberry and cherry fruit to add an interesting depth. The longer it sits in the glass, the more the juiciness opens up. This is definitely a crowd-pleaser pinot, and also a wonderfully versatile pairing wine, complimenting everything from grilled salmon and roasted chicken to mushroom pizza and lamb burgers. Be sure to put some away to watch it evolve over the next 10 years.

Organic status: not organic

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