Dutch Bill Creek
2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Dutch Bill Creek Vineyard
California: Russian River Valley
The Old Bill Stream
We always love wines from Dutch Bill Creek and today’s 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir does not disappoint. This wine is dark, richly layered and complex on the palate, fragrant on the nose - all while being very pleasing on the wallet.
Winemaker Kevin Kelley, who also makes wines for Loico, Saliana and Melissa Kelley Winery, crafted today’s lovely and delicious Dutch Bill Pinot. We’ve been following Kevin’s work for nearly six years and must acknowledge his progression as a winemaker. With each successive vintage, Kevin and his wines seem to undergo a big evolution.
At today’s price, today’s wine is a highly recommended must-have.
Opaque with the look of an unfiltered cherry juice. At the edges, a line of fine ruby encircles the glass.
Black cherry juice, plum, dried strawberry, sweet tobacco, dry summer redwood forest, bramble and a hint of dried fall leaves.
Rich and delicious, with dark black cherry, blackberry, black tea leaf, dried strawberry, dried fig and a hint of tobacco.
Very long and flavorful, this wine starts with dark fruit that gradually yields to tobacco and dried leaves.
Roasted duck breast in a dried cherry glaze. For a lovely vegetarian option, enjoy this wine with roasted red potatoes with fresh rosemary.
What the Winery Says
2009 Dutch Bill Creek Pinot Noir
- Russian River Valley (100% Heintz Ranch Pinot - 3 clones)
- 180 cases on 3/10/2012
It starts with aromatics of spiced plums and ripe red rose. As it opens it moves through layers of pomegranate, tart cherry, raspberries and evergreen. The flavors are bright and crisp and speak of red fruit and blood orange. The balance of this wine leans towards the acidic side which will allow it to pair beautifully with a wide range of food and ensures a long life in the bottle.
About the Winery
Heintz Ranch has been family-owned since 1912. Our coastal vineyard is located in the cool climate of the Sonoma Coast/Russian River Valley/Green Valley growing region where the highly sought-after Heintz Ranch Grapes are grown and cared for by Charles Heintz himself. Heintz Ranch grapes are featured in many of California’s finest wines including Flowers, Williams-Selyem, Littorai, Peay Vineyards, Radio Coteau and our own Heintz & Dutch Bill Creek wines. Our grapes are field selected and masterfully created into small lots of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, truly hand-crafted from grower to winemaker.
Because our wines are produced in small lots, they receive the utmost care and attention, which is reflected in the taste, color and aroma of our wines. Between our two labels Heintz and Dutch Bill Creek, we bottle less than 1,000 cases. Our wines are the perfect choice for the wine lover who enjoys consistently outstanding and highly rated wines from a family-owned winery with small lot production.
Winemaker Hugh Chappelle
After a long friendship Hugh joined Charles Heintz Vineyard as Consulting Winemaker starting with the 2012 vintage. Hugh’s work with us includes overseeing both the Heintz and Dutch Bill Creek wines (two Chardonnay’s, two Pinot Noir’s, a Syrah and Rose of Pinot Noir). We are thrilled and honored to be working with Hugh, he shows great attention to detail that comes through beautifully in the finished wine product.
Earlier in his career, Hugh was winemaker for Madrona Vineyards in the Sierra Foothills, where he focused on Zinfandel, Rhône, Bordeaux and aromatic white varieties. He also did graduate studies in viticulture and enology at U.C. Davis and has a degree in chemistry from U.C. Santa Cruz.
Hugh served as winemaker at Lynmar Estate in the Russian River Valley, where his wines achieved widespread critical acclaim. Prior to joining Lynmar, he served as winemaker for the noted boutique winery Flowers Vineyard & Winery on the Sonoma Coast.