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2014 Dutton Goldfield Pinot Noir "Azaya Ranch"

Winery: Dutton Goldfield

Vintage: 2014

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: 375

KWG Score: 91 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: August 1, 2017

Wine Review: This very dark maroon colored Pinot Noir from Dutton Goldfield opens with a fragrant black raspberry bouquet with hints of sun-dried tomatoes. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth and juicy. The flavor profile is a mildly tart black raspberry and red current blend with notes of oak and plum. I also detected hints of black tea, craisin and minerality. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. On day two, this Pinot opened up even more and excelled, showing its ability to age. So in the near term, I would cellar this Pinot or if serving with food, decant it an hour before. The food I would choose for it now is coq au vin. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The wine shows its cold climate roots from nose to finish, showcasing the high-toned and juicy fruit profile on exceptionally smooth and silky tannins. The nose leads with red cherry and cranberry, with a touch of beet-like earthiness, foretelling of a fresh and complex sip to come. In the mouth, the sweet fruit cascades along, with rich berries framed by floral blackberry blossom accents. The summer berry pie finish is underlain with an interesting dusty tea character, giving it added interest and depth. The wine is once again 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. Pair this delectable pinot with a spring lamb with fresh herbs.

Organic status: not organic

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