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[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2012 McDougall Ranch, Pinot Noir” description=”A dark, brooding beauty, the 2012 Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch is deep and intense to the core. Smoke and new leather notes add intrigue as this rich, structured Pinot blossoms in the glass. Even with all of the richness, the balance of fruit, acidity and whole clusters is magnificent. The 2012 is aging in 50% new French oak barrels, all of which it is handling well. This is a Pinot of serious depth and density, perhaps a bit more than the Kutch wines have had in the past. – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (92-94 points) ” ]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2012 Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir” description=”Kutch’s 2012 Pinot Noir is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and menthol all jump from the glass. Intense, layered and succulent in the glass, the 2012 dazzles from start to finish. This is a Pinot built on the generous fruit of the 2012 vintage, with far fewer of the savory notes found in the 2011. The 2012 is a very serious wine at the appellation level and the hidden jewel in this range. – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (90-93 points)” ]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2012 Falstaff, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir” description=”Firm yet beautifully integrated tannins set the stage for Kutch’s 2012 Pinot Noir Falstaff. Sage, mint and plum lead to cedar, sweet spices and menthol as the wine opens up in the glass. The 100% whole clusters add an attractive, floral/savory dimension that balance’s the wine’s natural richness and broad-shouldered personality. Beautiful saline notes linger on the chalky, nuanced finish. – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (92-94 points)” ]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2011 McDougall Ranch, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast” description=”The highlight among these current and upcoming releases, Jamie Kutch’s 2011 Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch is drop-dead gorgeous. Savory herbs, dried flowers, black cherries and licorice all jump from the glass in this deep, layered wine. The 75% whole clusters come through only in the bouquet, as the fruit is so intense, they are barely noticeable on the palate. The balance of fruit, acidity and tannin is exceptional. I can’t wait to see how McDougall Ranch ages. It is clearly one of the most impressive wines of the vintage. ~ Antonio Galloni 04/01/13 (drink from 2014-2021) ” ]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2011 Falstaff, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast” description=”Kutch’s 2011 Pinot Noir Falstaff is striking. A rich, layered wine, the 2011 is endowed with serious depth. Black cherries, spices, flowers, leather and tobacco all take shape in this fleshy, radiant Pinot. The Falstaff is one of the bigger 2011s here. Amazingly, it comes in at just 12.7% alcohol. The 50% whole clusters are very nicely integrated. Kutch waited until after the rain to pick this fruit and was rewarded with fabulous wine. ~ Antonio Galloni 04/01/13 (drink from 2014-2021)” ]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2011 Savoy Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley” description=”The 2011 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard is gorgeous, resonant and pure. Savory herbs, licorice, mint and leather rise from the glass. A deeply expressive wine, the 2011 Savoy is simply compelling from start to finish. The use of 80% whole clusters means the 2011 will require some patience to fully come together, but it is hugely attractive, even now. This is one of the softest, most impeccably crafted wines I have ever tasted from Jamie Kutch. Sadly, 2011 is Kutch’s last from this site in Anderson Valley. The 2011 vintage was especially challenging in Anderson Valley, but Jamie Kutch found a way to get the very best possible from the year. This is a fabulous 2011. ~ Antonio Galloni 04/01/13 (drink from 2014-2021)” ]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2011 Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir” description=”The 2011 Pinot Noir is a bigger, more overt wine than the 2010, despite being a full percentage lower in alcohol. A blast of dark red fruit, tobacco, game and spices hits the palate in this expressive, resonant wine. The 2011 is totally different in style than the 2010, partially because of the use of 25% whole clusters. A bit wild today, the 2011 could use another 6-12 months to come together, but it is already pretty impressive.  ~ Antonio Galloni 04/01/13 (drink from 2013-2018)” ]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2010 McDougall Ranch, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast” description=”Like an orchestra, the nose provides a medley of high, medium & low tones of fruit complexities. The palate interlaced flavors of earth & fruit both of which have been carefully framed by a mild kiss of French oak. A great satiating experience with charm, balance & harmony. This is a powerful yet refined example from this great vineyard. 7/22/12 ” ]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2010 Falstaff, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast” description=”A real knock out nose keeps ones full attention focused on the aromatic fireworks that this wine processes. Abundant layers create a complex sensory experience with notes of herb & spice along with berries & fruit in the foreground. The rich density of material keeps the wine balanced and weightless. A great accomplishment as this vineyard and vintage created something really special for us. 7/22/12 ” ]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2010 Savoy Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley” description=”Like the Sonoma Coast this comes across as medium in weight but with more of an expressive perfume character on the nose.  Cranberry notes dance on top of clean integrated acidity which buffers the wine together.  The wine was aged for the full élevage in 100% neutral (used) French oak to maintain its elegant beauty and purity.  Drink from 4-10 years.  2/07/2012″]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2010 Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast” description=”The nose expresses the Sonoma Coast with its tea leaf, pomegranate and blackberry notes.  Rich, but not overpowering on the palate with a medium frame and lively acidity.  A very balanced wine which should age effortlessly for the next 3-7 years.  2/07/2012″]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2009 McDougall Ranch, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast” description=”Perched on top of a 900 foot ridge, a short 1.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean, there is a reason I saved McDougall as my last 2009 Pinot Noir to be released. I was blessed when it came to the quality of this coastal terroir in 2009 as it was qualitatively above anything I had ever worked with in the past.  From the moment the grapes were picked, until the day the wine was sealed with a cork, I worked meticulously to maintain what Mother Nature had given me. Unlike Falstaff, McDougall’s yields were bountiful and I am proud to say that for me, this is the single best wine I have produced to date. With exceptionally tight, high quality clusters, I chose to push my luck and ferment by retaining 50% whole clusters (in other words I left half of the stalks on with the grapes during fermentation).  This created incredibly complexity and power yet while maintaining a vast amount of finesse.  One taster said over dinner recently, “this literally dances on my tongue like a ballerina yet has the power of a body builder.” As for my own description of the wine, every time I have tasted it, it has left me speechless… In truth and in two words, the best description I can give this wine would be complete & balanced.  It will age easily for 20+ years.   8/05/2011″]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2009 Falstaff, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast” description=”With a colder climate than Burgundy and located just over one mile from Freestone in the Sebastopol Hills, Falstaff exhibits everything I personally love about Pinot Noir.  Aromatics, beauty, finesse, balance and purity.  Unfortunately the yields were smaller than any other vineyard I worked with in 2009 (less than 1 ton per acre) so while the quality was there, the quantity was not.  During fermentation, 25% of the stems were retained which allowed this unique terroir to show off its full, complex character which includes a black pepper and spice cake nose and penetrating dark cherry fruit palate all of which are framed by fine grained tannins. With just 13.1% alcohol and generous natural acidity, Falstaff should have no problem aging for 10 plus years.  If you let curiosity get the better of you and open a bottle anytime soon, please be sure to decant so as to introduce as much oxygen as possible  8/05/2011″]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2009 Savoy Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley” description=”Medium weight flavors are rich, sweet, elegant and beautifully persistent which complements the racy acidity.  Food is a must with this wine.  1/05/2011″]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2009 Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast” description=”Compared to the Anderson Valley wine, this is much deeper and darker with complex yet remarkably primary black fruit notes that range broadly.  It’s very “Sonoma” and packed with rich opulent flavors which maintain impeccable balance from start to finish. 1/05/2011″]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2009 Anderson Valley, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley” description=”The most elegant wine in the range. Red fruits lead to fresh, round, pure, yet detailed flavors that possess lovely acidity and offers fine length and impeccable balance.  1/05/2011″]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2008 Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast” description=”A blend of three Sonoma Coast vineyards.  It’s forward, easy to consume, and has a compelling mix of red and black fruits.  The flavors are pure in profile, and there is an abundance of character which compliments its lingering finish.  02/15/2011″]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2007 McDougall Ranch, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast” description=”The tannins are perfectly framed giving great structure and layers, while merging onto a seamless rich palate, comprised of spicy, brambly fruit.  A stark contrast to the elegant, aromatic fireworks of the Kanzler, this maintains darker aromatics with more weight and intensity on the palate.  It possesses impeccable balance and the concentration enables it to be the longest lived wine from 2007.  It will drink best with a few more years of bottle age.  02/05/2010 “]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2007 Kanzler Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast” description=”This wine leaps like a ballerina from the glass as it dances with your senses.  It’s gorgeous, pure, feminine style delivers immediate gratification, and what this lacks in intensity, it more than made up for in style and grace.  With a healthy amount of natural acidity, this wine will be best paired with food to allow the acid to cut across the palate while bringing the wine further into focus.  A subtle background note of sandalwood adds to the complexity as the high-toned, red berry fruit glides across the palate.  While this and the McDougall are qualitative equals in 2007, their respective personalities couldn’t be more radically different.  02/05/2010″]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2007 Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast” description=”A blend of two Sonoma Coast vineyards.  The wine screams Sonoma Coast with its black, spicy, broad fruit flavored character.  A  subtle background of wood, frames the silky, mildly sweet tannins, which are seamlessly integrated and which crescendo through to the finish.  While this appellation Pinot Noir will drink well young, it will continue to evolve positively into 2015.  02/05/2010″]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2006 McDougall Ranch, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast” description=”With no new oak, this wine expresses McDougall Ranch as pure as can be.  The nose is resplendent with its characteristic aroma of rose petals.  On the palate, it has good grip and power without being heavy, and the tannin/acid structure should allow the wine to age for five plus years.  01/20/2009″]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2006 Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley” description=”On the nose is Bing cherry, compost and cola notes; while the palate is comprised of raspberry liqueur and sweet tannins, showing fine length.  01/20/2009″]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2006 Sonoma Coast Rose, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast” description=”Fresh, crisp, ripe strawberry and cherry fruit give way to an easy drinker that was fermented dry and should be consumed before the summer ends.  02/20/2008″]

[wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto_anchor_text_image link=”” text=”2005 Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley” description=”Ruby red in color, this Pinot has a deep, ultra ripe binge cherry nose that expresses itself the moment it hits the glass.  The palate comes across as incredibly with fruit character that is predominantly more red than black. It finishes on the back end with warmth and a long finish.  01/06/2011″]