McDougall Ranch is a unique, cool climate site; the vineyard beautifully expresses varietal correctness.
Jamie Kutch left a highly paid career as a stock trader in 2005 to move to California and pursue his dream of making wine. People thought he was crazy, until the first Pinot Noir he released scored 93 points in Wine ...Learn more
“Translucent garnet. So delicately perfumed. Almost floral – roses as well as gentle red fruit and a touch of garrigue. Then denser and sweeter on the palate. Very silky and supple but not as delicate as I expected. Lots of fruit depth and a long finish. Sweet but fresh and that stemminess is important for the freshness. Deliciously juicy so that it is both fun and refined. Lots of pleasure and drinkability.”
“The highlight among these current and upcoming releases, Jamie Kutch’s 2011 Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch is drop-dead gorgeous. Savory herbs, dried flowers, black cherries and licorice all jump from the glass in this deep, layered wine. The 75% whole clusters come through only in the bouquet, as the fruit is so intense, they are barely noticeable on the palate. The balance of fruit, acidity and tannin is exceptional. I can’t wait to see how McDougall Ranch ages. It is clearly one of the most impressive wines of the vintage.”
“Rocky soil. Dark cherry and rhubarb nose, soft oak notes, faint stemmy aroma adding snap. Quite fibrous tannin on the finish - a keeper. ”
“The 2014 Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch is the richest and most intense of these four Pinots. The wine's inner sweetness and pure density pretty much cover the whole clusters. The McDougall is the most satisfying of the Kutch 2014 single-vineyard Pinots to drink young, as all the elements are very nicely woven together, even at this early stage.”
“Located only about 5.5km from the Pacific, this super-cool vineyard sits at about 300m yet is the earliest to be picked, at the end of August. The deepest and most powerful Kutch Pinot, it shows layers of lively red fruit, mineral overtones, and a savoury spiciness.”