The Great Wines of Kutch

 

Jamie Kutch makes some of the highest quality Chardonnay and Pinots being produced in the US today.

His Sonoma Coast Chardonnay has earned him the moniker "Kutch-Dury", due to more than a passing resemblance to the wines of the great Coche-Dury in Meursault. His Pinots are equally as engaging and come from specially sought, high altitude sites across Sonoma.

Today, we have his newly released 2018s, a vintage that Antonio Galloni says is "a spectacular vintage for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel-based reds. The 2018s are bright, vivid and exceptionally beautiful. Moreover, the wines are incredibly expressive of site, making 2018 a fabulous vintage for readers who want to explore the many nuances of top vineyards in Sonoma and Anderson Valley.” Of Kutch specifically, Galloni comments: "Jamie Kutch’s 2018s are very pretty, vivid wines that very much capture the personality of the year in their translucent expression of place."

Whilst the wines speak very much of their specific locations within Sonoma, Kutch's style gives a firm nod in the direction of the Old World. These are very bright, clean, ethereal wines that are firm favourites here at Farr Vintners. They will reward cellaring but can be enjoyed now, if given some air.

The wines are all in stock and, despite being packed in 12 bottle cases, can be ordered in 6 bottle quantities. Unfortunately not much is made of each cuvée so these are offered very much on a first come, first served basis.

 

Minimum Order – 12 bottles
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2018 Chardonnay, Kutch

Normally a blend of sites, in 2018 Kutch thought the fruit from the Bohan Vineyard (1300ft, 3 miles from the coast) was so good, he made this wine all from there. Quite old vines too (46 year old). Fresh, elegant yet with an underlying power and complexity. Very mineral finish.

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“The 2018 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast), from Bohan, is bright, punchy and full of character. Lemon confit, white flowers and light tropical notes are all so vibrant. The 2018 captures the natural energy of the year in spades. Time in the glass brings out a real sense of phenolic richness and structure. This is compelling juice."

92-94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com


2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, Kutch

A blend of the single vineyards, this is a fantastic "entry level" Pinot that drinks beautifully now (with a bit of air) but will keep for a long time if required.

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“The 2018 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is bright, floral and beautifully perfumed, with all of the bright acids and energy of the year on display. In 2018, the Sonoma Coast is especially ethereal. The blend has a bit more Falstaff than in years past, a result of higher yields in that site. Sweet floral notes and a touch of whole cluster savoriness round things out. 2021-2033."

92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com


2018 Pinot Noir Bohan Vineyard, Kutch

This old site (the vineyard dates back to 1847) is just 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean at 1400ft with ungrafted vines planted in 1972. This wine seems almost too light at first but fleshes out dramatically with air.

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“Superb aromatic constellation of black cherries, dark berries, raw cocoa, lovely soil tones, hints of cola to come, woodsmoke, black tea and a topnote of sweet stems that recalls a hypothetical young Domaine Dujac wine without new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full, with a rock solid core, superb backend mineral drive, ripe tannins and fine focus and grip on the long and complex finish. This will need some bottle age to soften up, but will be outstanding. 2026-2055."

93 points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar


2018 Pinot Noir Signal Ridge, Kutch

Usually the most floral and delicate Pinot of the range, in 2018 this is a bit more rambunctious than normal. From a vineyard 2800ft in altitude – the highest (and one of the most spectacular) in all of Sonoma.

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U.S.A.2018Pinot Noir Signal Ridge Vineyard, KutchBT59425.001293 AGAdd to Basket
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“The 2018 Pinot Noir Signal Ridge Vineyard is bold and powerful in feel. Black cherry, licorice, game, cloves, leather and earthy notes convey an impression of virile intensity. Deep and rich, with a real depth in its fruit, the Signal Ridge is another impressive wine in this range, but it is going to need time to unwind. 2022-2033"

93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com


2018 Pinot Noir Falstaff Vineyard, Kutch

Not the highest vineyard (505ft) but the coldest, due to a fog pocket. Low alcohol (12.5%), around 500 cases made. This wine normally needs a lot of time to show just what it can do. 

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U.S.A.2018Pinot Noir Falstaff Vineyard, KutchBT80445.001294 AGAdd to Basket
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“Another gorgeous wine in this range, the 2018 Pinot Noir Falstaff Vineyard is beautifully perfumed, lifted and gracious. Sweet red cherry, blood orange, mint, spice and a touch of whole cluster brightness all grace this exquisite Pinot from Jamie Kutch. The 100% stems are already very well-integrated. This is such a captivating, finessed wine. 2023-2033"

94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com


2018 Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch, Kutch

This vineyard is 1000ft but because it sits above the fog line, it is Jamie’s warmest vineyard. As a result, it tends to be the most concentrated (relatively speaking) of the range and it too benefits from a few years in bottle to settle down a bit but can often be one of his best.

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“Intense, concentrated ripe black-cherry nose. Very clean and not quite ready with fine sandy tannins making their presence felt but I think it should become pretty delicious with food midway through 2020. Very precise, with the 100% whole-berry element in evidence."

17 points, Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com


Minimum Order – 12 bottles
These wines are in stock, immediately available for delivery

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