The 2009 feels large with a big earthy nose with some cigar box and red spice. The mouth is full of Bing cherries and hot baked pie. This is a big Pinot, not subtle and not Burgundian in style – it’s pure Russian River power. This one rates up at the top for big full Pinots – compare to Papapietro Perry 777, Willams Selyem Hirsh, and Belle Glos Clark and Telephone, all big and meaty.
Hopefully you can find Dutton Estate wines outside of the tasting room. I’ve managed to find Brother Steve Dutton’s (Dutton Goldfield) on the shelf, so keep your eyes (and palette) peeled.
2009 Dutton Estate Thomas Road Pinot Noir – TScale 93 points. One of my top Pinots and well priced at $50! If you see it, please email me because I need more of it.