TN: 2010 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

  • 2010 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (12/9/2012)
    Right now it is aromatically a little reserved.
    With air, you get red stone fruit and some element of spice on the nose…
    The palate is silky in the mouth with a burst of cherry fruit on the finish.
    Great texture. Lively.
    Plenty of structure here. A mineral type firmness on the finish.
    Perfect density to me. Love this! Great job Jamie.

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I am not a points person. This is extremely good.

Great note, Don. Totally agree

Any idea on a drinking window Don ?

Also, I haven’t had any 2010’s yet, but Jamie’s wines have gotten better with each subsequent vintage.

Don, great note. I really thought this was beautiful. You have really been posting on a lot of really delicious young Pinots from Cali and Burgundy lately. Please keep em coming. Tonight I am loving the 2009 Rhys Santa Cruz PN, lovely stuff.

I really have no idea on drinking window.
The wine is really nice with some air.

Thanks Charlie. Enjoy that Rhys.

Felt guilty about opening one of these, but thankfully less so after tasting it. Couldn’t agree with this note more.

Thanks for checking on this, Don—happy to see this good news.


I opened one of these last night with another Berserker (Mike M.), and had a different experience. On opening, the wine was very promising, with silky texture, bright acidity, and a citrus snap that I found appealing. With some time, though, a butterscotch-caramel note crept in and became a distraction. I wonder if the bottle was slightly off.

This was my first Kutch wine, so I can’t draw on any experience with the producer in evaluating the wine. I have several more bottles, though, and will hope for a better showing next time.

I certainly don’t claim any expertise in determining drinking windows, but I’m waiting at least a few years on the McDougall and Falstaff. I have opened one each of the Sonoma Coast and Savoy though, and they seemed pretty open (and tasty!).

I have had this experience couple times right after release, but have found that they really start to shine around 5 years and on. A recent 2007 was outstanding.