Sonoma County region
A harmonious partnership between winegrower and winemaker
Dutton-Goldfield Winery was started by two friends, Dan Goldfield and Steve Dutton, but their paths into the wine industry couldn’t be more different. Steve Dutton grew up in California on a family farm; his father was one of the first pioneers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Russian River Valley in the 1960’s. His land today is where Dutton-Goldfield calls home, and is the definition of family-owned and operated – Steve and his brother Joe have grown the farm beyond their father’s wildest dreams.
Dan Goldfield, Steve’s business partner, grew up some 3,000 miles away in Philadelphia. After studying chemistry in college, he made his way out to UC Berkeley for a research position. At one point he was introduced to an exceptional 1969 Burgundy wine, inspiring him to enroll in the Enology program at UC Davis. He perfected his craft producing exceptional Pinot Noir at Schramsberg and La Crema, eventually taking these skills to Dutton-Goldfield in 1998.
Dutton Ranch is a collection of over 60 non-contiguous parcels in Russian River Valley that comprise 1,300 acres of land, 1,150 of which are planted to grapes. The vineyard from which our featured wine comes from is called Freestone Hill, and is one of Dutton Ranch’s eight vineyards. Freestone Hill has an ideal south-facing hillside location, tucked inside the coastal southwest corner of the Russian River Valley AVA. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the pillars of Dutton-Goldfield production, and the benefit of having their vineyard on a large farm is the crew can tend to the land year-round. To Dutton-Goldfield, grape growing is a four-season job, and is one they do with great care.
Since their inaugural release in 1999, Dutton-Goldfield today has increased to a steady 12,000 case production between their 8 vineyards. In 2014, they were named a Top 100 Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits magazine, and the two are always quick to credit the farm and their team for their successes. It is rare to find a winegrower and winemaker create such a harmonious partnership and a team that, to them, feels like family. We are proud to present their wine to our Diamond Wine Club Plus! members.