A blend of two iconic Russian River vineyards, our 2021 Winemaker's Reserve Pinot Noir is a work of art. Our partnership with acclaimed winemaker Sean Capiaux is the only reason we have access to this sought after fruit; arguably the crème de la crème of the Russian River AVA. Hand harvesting, hand punchdowns, and French oak barrel aging bring out the complexity in this wine. Medium deep red in color, Starscape Vineyard provides a raspberry aroma with hints of cinnamon and graham cracker. This is a big bodied wine with red cherries and strawberries on the palate, medium tannins, and a long fruit driven finish. The Widdoes Vineyard addition brings in deep and brooding aromas of ripe plum, cherry cola, raspberry reduction and toasted chestnuts. Jammy and earthy flavors with some whole cluster stem character add complexity to this broad and rich wine.
Only three barrels of this rare vineyard blend were produced.
More about these vineyards:
The Dutton Ranch’s Widdoes vineyard is located between the towns of Graton and Occidental in the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley appellation. The cool temperate growing conditions allow the grapes from this 29 year-old, vertical trained, dry farmed vineyard to ripen slowly and evenly.
Soil: Goldridge Fine Sandy Loam
Elevation: 150 feet
Slope: Midslope of low-lying hillside
Year Planted: 1984
This vineyard is located in the unofficial sub-region known as Middle Reach in the northernmost part of the Russian River appellation. The West Block was planted in 1971 and is one of the oldest known plantings of Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley. Yields are less than one ton per acre.
Soil: Laniger and Yolo Loam
Elevation: 50 feet
Slope: Less than 5%
Year Planted: 1971