Dutton Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir 2014 | Silken, raspberry-infused marvel
Dutton Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir 2014 is light ruby in color. While juicy and concentrated aromas of black cherry, raspberry, sassafras, and black tea leaf. Yet rich, with a silky and ripe tannins, cherry jam, and cola. Winemaker Terry Adams honors the Dutton family with this special vintage.
Beginning with a red brilliant hue in the glass, Dutton Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir 2014 entices with the intense aromas of raspberry. In addition, exuding bing cherry, tart cranberry, and delicate rose petals. While the entry is bright and supple with red currant and wild strawberries intermingling with pomegranate, plum, and orange rind. And the finish is long with a kiss of French vanilla. Enjoy it now or store for the next four to seven years.
2014 – Best ever vintage for North Coast Pinot Noir
Notably, we seldom get a chance to offer a sumptuous Russian River Valley Pinot Noir for under $30. But thanks to a well-known Bay Area restaurant that couldn’t pay up in time, their allocation is now ours. And these 50 cases of the Dutton Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir 2014 are going out the door today at $29.99 compared to the winery price of $45.
Packed with wild-berry richness, this bottling speaks eloquently of Dutton Ranch’s Goldridge soils. With the cool coastal climate, and the brilliant handiwork of winemaker Terry Adams, a 25-year veteran of Sonoma-Cutrer. Furthermore, this is assuredly one of the best values of the incredible 2014 vintage. Robert Parker ranks 2014 as the best ever for North Coast Pinot Noir. Secure your share of this silken, raspberry-infused marvel now.
The “Karmen Isabella” cuvée is named after Tracy and Joe’s youngest daughter. While employing fruit drawn from four of the estates best sites: Thomas Road, Manzana, Marty’s, and Jewell Block. As a result, the long, drawn-out, moderate growing season infused the berries with deep, dark, intense raspberry concentration. In addition, imbuing vibrant tart black-cherry juiciness, and silken texture. While typically available only via waitlist or at three-star restaurants. Consequently, this is a rare shot at a Russian River Valley stunner for an incredible price.
Winemaker Terry Adams
So after 25 years of ruling the roost at Sonoma-Cutrer, the brilliant winemaker Terry Adams was preparing to call it a day and hang up his pipette. But then a call came in from Tracy and Joe Dutton. The daughter-in-law and son of Terry’s old grape-growing friend, Warren Dutton. Probably when they suggested that Adams postpone his retirement party and join them at Dutton Estate, he paused.
Warren, who passed away in 2001, had been Sonoma’s most renowned grape grower and a pioneering viticulturist, founding the Dutton Ranch in 1964 in the coolest area of the Russian River Valley AVA. Now the next generation of Duttons wanted Adams in on the project. Notably employing his wizardly touch with Burgundian varieties, working with a few rows of Manzana Pinot Noir, farming just as he wanted. It took him about 20 minutes to decide on “yes.”