The best of three very good (even great) Russian River and Sonoma Coast Pinots. Antonio Galloni describes this well:
A big, punchy wine, the 2012 Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch hits the palate with bold dark cherries, pomegranate, spices, new leather and savory herbs. This is one of the most intense, overt wines I have tasted from Jamie Kutch, yet all the elements are in the right place. As good as it is today, the 2012 will be even better in a few years.
It was also the top rated wine in a big Kutch profile British critic Jamie Goode did:
This is a wine in need of some time. It will probably outlive me. Concentrated, taut and backward with powerful raspberry and cherry fruit, good structure and some savoury spiciness. Dense and in need of time, but everything is there for a positive development in the cellar. Remarkable intensity but not unbalanced.
A truly elite American Pinot Noir – at the best price anywhere.