Dutton Estate

Crush At Dutton Estate

About

Dutton Estate Winery creates wins of place; delivering six generations of dedication, loyalty and family-style hospitality for the ultimate Sonoma County winery experience. Beginning with the roots from the vine and leading to distinguished flavors of sustainable terroir in the glass, the results are unsurpassed and individually spoken in our wines.

Location Description

Located Dutton in the Green Valley AVA in the Russian River Valley located near the small charming town of Sebastopol.

Features

  • Producing award winning wines including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah.

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ $40

Winemaker

As Consultant Winemaker, Terry Adams is directly responsible for guiding the Dutton Estate Winery’s wine program. Terry took over winemaking duties with the 2010 vintage. Working hand in hand with Tracy & Joe Dutton, Terry shares their commitment in allowing the expression of the terroir from the selected estate family vineyards at Dutton Ranch to shine through. With a devoted grape grower and winemaker, the results are unsurpassed and individually spoken in each and every bottle wine.

Terry’s illustrious career dates back to 1981 when he began his winemaking trek at Sonoma-Cutrer. In 1991, after spending 10 years under the tutelage of the winery’s founding winemaker, Terry took over as Director of Winemaking where he stayed until his retirement in the summer of 2010.

Over the years, Terry has refined his personal winemaking style and philosophy, enhancing his three decades of experience in the vineyard and cellar with regular forays to Burgundy, where he exchanges ideas with some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers.

These days when Terry is not working the stressful days of crush, he enjoys traveling the coast in is vintage Streamline motor home or fly fishing the streams of the great Northwest. Asked why he decided to “partially postpone retirement” Terry said, “Back in 2005 while enjoying a bottle of Dutton Estate Chardonnay I said to myself, I can see myself making wine at Dutton Estate.” Although not sure why he had these thoughts back then, he never questioned the opportunity when Joe & Tracy Dutton came a knocking requesting his artistic services to produce the family wines. Together Joe, Tracy and Terry have fused together over a 100 years of combined farming and winemaking experience to create some of the best wines Sonoma County has to offer.

Practices & Techniques

Earth-friendly farming is more demanding than simply letting the chemical salesman tell you what to do. But the rewards are many – cleaner and tastier grapes, safer workers, and a natural environment that will continue to thrive for many generations.

The Duttons safeguard the health of their fruit while reining in chemical applications and other intrusions on the natural farming process. Yesterday, today and in years to come, the chief influence on the flavor of their grapes will remain the prestigious Russian River Valley itself.

Given their commitment to green farming, the Duttons must monitor their ranches constantly. They employ an entomologist who visits every vineyard weekly, alert to leaf hoppers, mites, sharpshooters or other unwanted pests.

They consider the history of each ranch, the legendary coastal fog and other climatic trends, and the population of native insect predators. Then they make a choice for the lowest-impact intervention that will still achieve results.

As the Duttons expand to new ranches, they often find themselves cleaning up after the sins of others, clearing creeks and hills of old cars and other debris. They make erosion control a constant priority. And recycling plays a major role at Dutton Ranch. Into the bins go all glass, plastic, paper, oil, batteries and card board.

The Duttons make common cause with other grape growers in fostering a sound environment. Joe Dutton is a board member of the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, and the ranch plays host to regular seminars on such topics as sustainable farming.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Cohen Vineyard:

The Duttons make common cause with other grape growers in fostering a sound environment. Joe Dutton is a board member of the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, and the ranch plays host to regular seminars on such topics as sustainable farming.

Dutton Palms Vineyard:

Dutton Palms Vineyard, planted in 1991, is east facing and lies within the coolest part of the Green Valley. The hills and valley floor of Dutton Palms Vineyard consist of the traditional sandy loam Gold Ridge Soil, which is most prominent in the Green Valley and Russian River appellations. Dutton Palms is planted from the Chardonnay clone Warren Dutton used in 1967 to plant the original “Shop Block” Chardonnay vineyard at Dutton Ranch (Dutton Clone). Dutton Palms Vineyard highlights orange and citrus flavors and is extremely lush on the palate with a creamy texture.

Jewell Block Vineyard:

Located in the core of the Green Valley’s Russian River appellation and situated on the crown of the hill east to Dutton Ranch’s “Shop Block”, Jewell Vineyard was once home to Gravenstein Apples. Planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines in 1995, our Jewell Block Pinot Noir truly is a gem exhibiting a superb source of fruit showing the way to an exceptional wine. Planted on traditional Gold Ridge soil that is prominent within the Green Valley appellation, the vineyard produces a delicate wine with layers of bright fruit and spice.

Thomas Road Vineyard:

Thomas Road Vineyard is located at the northeastern part of the Green Valley. Planted to clone Dijon 115 in 1997, this vineyard produces wine of dark berries with a bold firm mouth-feel. The vines planted on the rockier Sebastopol type soil historically produce wines of this consistent character. This fearless wine is defined as the “Big Brother” of our pinot noirs.

Manzana Vineyard:

The Manzana Vineyard is located next to our Dutton Palms Chardonnay Vineyard, located in the heart of the Green Valley. Manzana’s hillside vineyard is east facing, which is an optimal location for growing pinot noir. Planted to clone Dijon 828 in 2001, this vineyard produces wine of red fruits with a bold luscious mouth-feel. The vines planted in the Gold Ridge type soil historically produce wines of this consistent character.

Vine Hill Vineyard:

Vine Hill Ridge Vineyard which is located on Green Valley Road surrounding the Tasting Room was planted in 1980 using quadrilateral cane trellising. This wonderful plot of vines produces consistent fruit of high quality reflecting the Dutton Ranches.

My Fathers Vineyard:

My Fathers Vineyard, named for Tracy Dutton’s mother and father’s home property, was planted by Joe Dutton in 2002. Planted in one of the coldest regions of the Russian River AVA, this vineyard consistently produces some of Dutton Estate Winery’s most sought after Syrah’s.

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Hours

Mon - Sun: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Address

8757 Green Valley Road
Sebastopol, California 95472
United States

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