International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(13.9% alcohol; from the Charles Heintz vineyard; partial malolactic fermentation): Good bright yellow. Very fresh aromas of pineapple and slate reminded me a bit of Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets. On the palate, exotic tropical fruit flavors are grounded by a saline quality and enlivened by strong acidity. Skinnier than normal for this bottling but stony, fresh and Burgundian. DuMol's contract is for 40 tons of fruit, but Smith hand-selected just 14 owing to botrytis. This 2011 was filtered while the rest of the DuMol chardonnays were lightly fined but not filtered.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2014
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Fresh and snappy, with a gripping, tangy, lemon-citrus edge to the green apple and nectarine flavors, lending this a juicy profile. Should gain with time.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94From the Charles Heintz Vineyard, the 2011 Chardonnay Isobel was fashioned from 30-year-old clone 108, and spent time in 50% new French oak. It offers beautiful notes of tropical fruits, buttered citrus, wet stones and a subtle hint of oak in a full-bodied, rich, evolved, forward style that begs for consumption over the next 4-5 years.Author: Robert Parker
The 25-acre biodynamically farmed DuMOL Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating east-facing slope of one of Russian River Valley's most famous ridgelines. From this classic site, and in tandem with some of the coastal area's finest growers, DuMOL crafts wines that fully capture the aromatics, flavors, and textures that exemplify their vineyard sites and the varietal characteristics in the purest and most precise form.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 65 bottles owned
- 24 collectors