Former Wall Street Trader Realizes his Dream with Inaugural Pinot Noir Release - Jamie Kutch Scores 93 Points from the Wine Spectator

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For Jamie Kutch, the good life has little to do with corporate America. Kutch, a former NASDAQ trader from Merrill Lynch traded Wall Street and stocks for the Sonoma Coast & Pinot Noir in 2005 and from his recent 93 point score from the Wine Spectator, it seems to be paying off.

I wanted to follow a dream, to produce something with my own two hands.

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For Jamie Kutch, the good life has little to do with corporate America. Kutch, a former NASDAQ trader from Merrill Lynch traded Wall Street and stocks for the Sonoma Coast & Pinot Noir in 2005 and from his recent 93 point score from the Wine Spectator, it seems to be paying off.

In true fairytale fashion, he decided to pursue his passion for wine and make it his full-time job. "I was tired of wearing a suit everyday and chasing a buck," says Kutch. "I wanted to follow a dream, to produce something with my own two hands."

In 2005, Kutch proclaimed on Robert Parker's chat board that his lips had just tasted the greatest CA Pinot Noir ever made. He phoned Michael Browne of Kosta Browne Wines to congratulate him on making such a stunning wine and then followed up with an email saying, "you are truly living my dream." Michael's reply changed Jamie's life when he remarked "if it truly is your dream, I will help make it a reality if you want it bad enough."

One month later, he packed his bags and never looked back. Kutch released his first vintage of 2005 Russian River Pinot Noir in late February and due in part to a strong buzz online, Kutch's wines have already had something of a cult following. Most of the 151 cases are already sold out.

Wine Spectator's James Laube called Kutch's first wine "delicious and remarkable." "It's fragrant, delicate, smooth, rich in flavor, impeccably balanced and long and complex on the finish," he writes. The wine was aged on the lees for 16 months, fermented in 100 percent French oak, 33 percent of which was new, and derived from Amber Ridge and Demeo vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley.

Though the sales of the 2005 Russian River Pinot Noir went fast, those looking to experience Kutch wines need not worry; by joining his mailing list, subscribers gain first access to upcoming releases. Fortunately, Jamie had an opportunity to work with fruit from Kanzler vineyard in 2006 for which Kosta Browne was awarded 98 points from the Wine Spectator last year. Kutch plans to keep future production small and will only grow according to quality, selling exclusively to mailing list customers and high-end restaurants.

To sign up, visit http://www.kutchwines.com . The web site gives visitors the added bonus of watching "Love Amongst the Grapes," a video in which Kutch proposes to his longtime girlfriend, who moved with him from New York. Not surprisingly, Kristen discovers a diamond ring while sorting Pinot Noir grapes on a sorting table during Kutch's first harvest.

With the two loves of his life close at hand -- girlfriend and Pinot Noir - Kutch's dream has finally come true.

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