By Trevor Felch
Even for imbibers who enjoy a good Wine Country getaway, complete with splashy views from an expansive terrace, there are times when hibernation mode kicks in — say, in the winter, when staying home and sipping a glass of wine by the fireplace is hard to resist. The latter presents an ideal situation for considering quieter, boutique producers — especially those who are too small to have their own estate, rely on grapes from other vineyards and lack a tasting room. Instead, they simply let their vino do the talking (and deliver right to your door). One such example: Kutch Wines.
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Winemaker-owner Jamie Kutch, a former NASDAQ trader for Merrill Lynch, sources fruit from a handful of Sonoma Coast and Santa Cruz Mountains sites, including McDougall Ranch in Cazadero. Kutch’s smooth-textured pinot noir from that historic vineyard has multiple layers that gracefully flow into a singular, powerful harmony. The aroma of blackberry and cracked pepper pop up on the nose, followed by black truffle and fresh forest notes. The soothing finish hints at allspice and bacon. Altogether, it’s a perfect pairing with duck, squab and quail, as well as a fine complement to a Dungeness crab feast with lots of sourdough bread. kutchwines.com