2008 Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch, Freestone Hill Vineyard
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 87

Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Price at time of purchase: $58.00 (from winery)
Type: Pinot Noir / Burgundy
Principal varietal(s): Pinot Noir

I love the intensity of Pinot fruit that the D-G Freestone Hill always seems to deliver. The 2008, however, is something of an off-vintage for this great wine - a pale shadow of both the 2007 and 2009. Earthy, slightly musky, spicy cherry and raspberry fruit with a touch of charcoal and cola in the core. Considerably less expansive and seamless than the spectacular '07 and '09 vintages. It's a tasty and satisfying Pinot , but far from a bargain at its $58 price point. Also, I don't see this wine as an ager. - HK 2012-09-06


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