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Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch, Kutch 2020

Subregion U.S.A. > California > Sonoma
Grape VarietyPinot Noir

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Tasting Notes

Dark garnet – much darker than the Sonoma County 2020 bottling. Rich nose with a little severity on the finish. If the Sonoma County bottling is Côte de Beaune, this is Jamie Kutch's Côte de Nuits ... Lots going on here and it would be a shame to drink it too young. This one will run and run! Light tannins evident and some spice and real depth. Jamie Kutch's wines just get better and better. Exciting! 2024-2032

Full bottle 1,375 g. Vines planted in 1998 on greywacke and sandstone 3.5 miles from the Pacific. Aged in 11 (used) barrels. Picked by hand on 11 September. 50% whole-bunch. Spontaneous fermentation. Unfined and unfiltered. 13%

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2022

As I mentioned at the outset, this was the only pinot noir Jamie Kutch was able to bottle in the inferno vintage of 2020. This is one of the warmest vineyard sites that Jamie works with, which is probably why the grapes were ready to be picked before the smoke really got bad on the Sonoma Coast. The 2020 McDougall bottling comes in at thirteen percent octane and included fifty percent whole clusters this year. It offers up a beautiful bouquet of red and black cherries, beetroot, peonies, roses, a hint of blood orange, gamebird, a complex base of soil tones and a gentle foundation of oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and complex, with a lovely core of red fruit, bouncy acids, suave tannins and lovely balance and grip on the long, classy and very promising finish. This has really turned out well! 2030-2075.

John Gilman, View From the Cellar (98), April 2022
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