SONOMA - CALIFORNIA - USA
In pursuit of creating the highest quality balanced wines possible, Kutch strive to use well positioned, cold climate sites, having appropriate soils. Once the fruit is harvested, it is handled with the utmost care, sorted meticulously and moved only by gravity.
Kutch pursues a minimalist philosophy, trying to provide the purest expression of Pinot Noir from a particular place and time, taking great care not to over-manipulate our wines in the cellar. This minimal interventionalist style of wine-making is reflected in the use of indigenous yeast, native malolactic bacteria and élevage in 100% neutral oak barrels (no new).
All punch-downs are done by foot. Upon completion of fermentation, the wine is gravity flowed into French oak barrels, where they remain unmoved while ageing sur lie. The wines are never racked until they are ready to bottle, between 11 and 16 months after harvest. Kutch wines are encouraged to express all of the natural greatness of their vineyard origins.
2020 Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay
96 points - Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
“This is from a vineyard planted in 1977, at 600 feet, 3.5 miles from the Pacific. Sandy loam soils. Whole cluster pressing then wild ferment in 11 barrels, two of which are new. Minimal effective sulphites added. This has a vital, mineral, saline nose of taut citrus fruit. The palate is stony and mineral with keen acidity, taut lemon, pear and green apple fruit, and a slight twist of mineral reduction, as well as hints of toast and spice. Taut and expressive, and one for the long haul, I reckon”.