The mix of clones planted to Dutton Ranch’s Emerald Ridge Vineyard includes Pommard, 2A, 667, and 828, all contributing a spectral range and focus to the wine. The must was cold soaked for five days and punched down routinely, and the wine aged 10 months in French oak, half new.
It’s floral but a little smoky—good smoky, with a smoldering, black tea bass note and a suggestion of woodsy loam. Against the Azaya Ranch Pinot from the producer, this Emerald Ridge feels both bolder and darker, the tannic structure more naturalistic, the oak in check. But it has levity, too, a shiny, polished apple quality that keeps it refreshing. Brilliant now but with structure to hold for several years.
13.9% abv | $62 (sample) 650 cases made