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2021 Shop Block Pinot Blanc

Green Valley of Russian River Valley

2021 Shop Block Pinot Blanc
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Wine Specs
Pinot Blanc
Green Valley of Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Dutton Ranch-Shop Block, Certified Sustainable
Harvest Date
September 6, 2021
7.2 gm/ Lit.
100% Stainless Ferment Partial Malolactic
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The mild 2021 season ripened the grapes slowly and evenly. Combined with the drought giving us a smaller crop of lighter weight clusters, this vintage is especially concentrated and balanced. The 2021 vintage pops with gorgeous fruit orchard aromas and flavors and has that little bit of grip Pinot Blanc is known for, along with a touch of richness from the small amount of ML the wine went through. The nose leads with white peach, grapefruit, pineapple, and green apple, with pretty floral notes of lily of the valley and honeysuckle. All that and more is delivered in the mouth, with Asian pear, clementine, and a wet stone minerality adding to the complexity.
Vineyard Notes
When Warren Dutton purchased his original Graton Road ranch in 1964, it was producing French Colombard and Gray Riesling grapes, along with Rome apples. In the 1970s he replaced the Riesling and apples with more French Colombard. Situated in the valley of Purrington Creek, a tributary of Green Valley Creek, this is a wonderful spot for cold loving white grapes. Here the cold coastal air lingers through the mornings and nurtures fruit of fresh acidity and flavor concentration, while the deep but well drained Goldridge sandy loam soil grows healthy, balanced vines. When it was time to finally replant this block in 2003, the Duttons decided to try a bit of Pinot Blanc to augment the killer Chardonnay adjacent to this spot. Pinot Blanc is a white skinned mutation of Pinot Noir, prized for its fresh stone fruit flavors and cleansing mouthfeel. This vineyard is now completely dry farmed. As a special little treat to our best friends, DG is vinifying just a small amount of this mouthwateringly fresh Pinot Blanc.
Winemaker Notes
The goal in vinifying our Pinot Blanc is to showcase the freshness and minerality of this varietal. To that end, we ferment the wine in stainless steel at a cool 50 degrees F. This retains the fresh esters of fermentation and the central core of fruit. We also employ an Alsatian yeast strain that showcases the high tone aromatics that are so inviting in this wine. We allow malolactic fermentation to proceed part way in order to flesh out the exotic peach aromas and impart a bit of extra richness in the mouth, but not to completion (we’re such teases) so as to preserve the fresh acidity and minerality.
Food Pairing Notes
This quintessential front porch wine is lovely (and goes down easy) on its own, as well as with all manner of salads, cheeses, and lighter entrées. A white gazpacho, grilled scallops, pasta topped with shrimp and pesto, and sautéed Petrale sole would all make excellent matches, as would young soft cheeses like our Marin Breakfast Brie or a simple creamy goat.
Other Notes
91, Planet Grape; 92, Dr. Owen Bargreen, 8.5-9, Vinography