The 2013 vintage of McDougall Ranch from Jamie Kutch is really starting to drink beautifully as it crosses the threshold into its eight year. The bouquet is pure, precise and really starting to show it secondary layers of complexity in its blend of red and black cherries, sweet beetroot, woodsmoke, smoked meats, lovely spice tones, complex soil elements, turmeric and mustard seed and a discreet framing of cedar. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and tangy, with a lovely core, excellent soil signature, still a bit of backend tannin and a long, complex and very classy finish. This is a low octane vintage of McDougall, coming in at 12.3 percent, but it is loaded with personality and intensity of flavor and is a superb bottle that is just starting to reach its plateau of maturity, where it should dazzle for several decades!
Dark red and purplish fruit emerge from the 2013 Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch. There is more than enough fruit to fill out the wine's frame quite nicely. This south-facing site yields fruit of notable depth and richness, while the whole clusters add a gorgeous sense of lift. (AG)
Here the fruit profile runs to the darker side of the fruit spectrum though once again there is plenty of floral and spice character present. I very much like the sophisticated mouth feel of the delicious, round and relatively supple flavors that firm up substantially on the dusty, sappy, palate coating and lingering finish. This will also require a few years of bottle age to round off the tannins that are presently sufficiently present to impart a very slight austerity though it should eventually round out with time. Worth considering. *Outstanding*
Much darker ruby than Kutch's other 2013s. Produced from 114 clone planted in 1998 on a greywacke and sandstone site at 935 ft elevation only 3.5 miles form the ocean. Like all the Kutch 2013s, this was 100% whole bunch fermented with ambient yeast, punchdown twice a day by foot, natural malo in barrel and aged for 10 months on lees. but in this case 50% new oak was used. (Just 500 cases produced.) You can smell a little bit of the oak at this point so I would wait awhile but it is certainly the most ambitious of this range, the densest and the sweetest, though compared to the California Pinot norm it is bone dry and tingly. Some candied violets notes and a bit of gaminess. For food rather than sipping as an aperitif. The most Nuits and the most ambitious of the Kutch 2013s with excellent, confident persistence. Well done. 17/20 points (JR)
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