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2007 Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Freestone Hill Vineyard (750ml)
Producer: Dutton-Goldfield duttongoldfield.com
Appellation: Russian River Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$58.00
Alcohol %: 13.5
Tasting Notes:
rated: December 22, 2009 , IWC
92 points
rated: March 17, 2010 , Dutton-Goldfield duttongoldfield.com
"Nowhere is the exceptional quality of the 2007 vintage for Pinot Noir more apparent than at Freestone. The warm, dry spring encouraged early budbreak, flowering and conversion to ripening metabolism; while the long cool fall weather gave us an extremely long year for phenolic and flavor ripening. The resulting wine is amazingly concentrated and wonderfully plush at the same time. In the nose, the inherent Asian spice and caraway seed of the Freestone terroir is well developed, and surrounds a dense core of candied cranberry and black cherry fruit. In the mouth, it just keeps coming on with sweet cherry, cardamom spice and an incredible perception of sweetness, all resting on a solid structure of generous tannins and bright acidity. This is clearly a wine with long life ahead of it, but its balance and fruit make it readily accessible now. Try it with an Asian spiced lamb dish, or just some great cheeses. 537 cases produced. "