Winery: Roessler Cellars
Bottling: 2004 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir
Sub-Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma
Estimated Retail Price: $38
Purchase Details & Tasting Source: Ordered by the bottle during a birthday dinner at Hiroshi’s Eurasian Tapas for fiancee Susan Flynn. We paid $53 for the bottle. I was drawn to this wine on the menu because I was familiar with the producer as well as the fact that it had a smidgen of age on it and thought it would be an intriguing drink.
Tasting Notes: Wow! This was a juicy, mouth filling and deeply flavored wine. I think the juiciness of this Roessler Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir was accentuated by the fact that the preceding pinot noir we drank, was a more subtle and delineated version. Nevertheless this was quite the bruiser.
The nose had a little earthy and gamy quality to it that immediately jumped out. Not the typical perfumed nose you come to expect from a pinot, but still interesting.
In the mouth the earthy aromas were echoed on the palate and were accompanied by a host of dark fruits like plums, currants and dark cherries. The intriguing thing about this particular wine for me was how it managed to still maintain a sleekness as well as an ability to express a purity of fruit despite the presence of somewhat wild and gamy qualities.
It was a nice yin and yang of fruit and earth that made the wine interesting. My only complaint is that the flavor went from A to B pretty quickly in the subtlety department. A little one note in a sense. The complexity was there. It just all happened in one big burst.
Food Pairings & Context in Which to Enjoy: The dark fruit and gamy qualities of the wine will probably lend itself well to game birds as well as leaner cuts of lamb or any other lean cuts of game meat. I also see this with certain Chinese dishes that have soy as a main flavor component. I think roast duck with hoisin sauce and bao buns would jibe with this.
Winery Background: Roessler Cellars is focused on crafting small quantities of single vineyard pinot noir and chardonnay across the best winegrowing areas in California. One of my favorite wines of theirs is the Las Brisa Pinot Noir, which is their entry level pinot noir and a terrific value. I also love their Alder Springs Chardonnay from Mendocino, which is fantastic. If you’re a pinot or chardonnay enthusiast, you should certainly seek out their wines.