Profile: Although Dutton-Goldfield Winery was founded as recently as 1998, the Dutton name goes back multiple generations in the Sonoma County, California, wine business. One of many companies in the region to bear the family name, Dutton Goldfield is located in one of the wine country's premier regions for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the two varietals in which Dutton-Goldfield specializes.
Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah Varietal/Style: Syrah
Origin: Russian River Valley, CA Vintage: 2008 Winemaker: Dan Goldfield Rating:14/20 Retail Price: $35
The Cherry Ridge Syrah is grown on a south-facing slope that is far warmer than typical Russian River vineyards. The resulting wine is lush with sweet fruit including black cherry, blackberry and blueberry. On the nose there are classic Syrah notes of pepper and spice. A Syrah made in a distinctly American style, its ripe fruit flavors mingle in the mouth with Middle Eastern spices and a hint of leather. (Date tasted 02/10/10)