2003 DuMOL - Chardonnay isobel 750ml

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The light gold/green-hued 2003 Chardonnay Isobel offers up aromas of lemon oil, crushed rocks, wet steel, nectarine, brioche, and honeysuckle. Rich, full-bodied, fresh, vivacious as well as long and persistent in the mouth, it should drink well for 5-6 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2011
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

Ripe and vibrant, with tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus and apple notes, it's remarkably complex and concentrated, yet it retains a lively mouthfeel and ends on a cleansing aftertaste. 476 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2009
Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88(+?)?

($67; from Charles Heintz Vineyard) Brooding herbal/minty nose showed a mineral character as it opened, along with notes of pepper and asparagus. Juicy, high-pitched and lightly herbaceous, with an intriguing whiff of green tea. Quite different in texture from the basic RRV bottling: less influenced by oak and more sharply delineated. A bit youthfully green on the end.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 124

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Average rating: 90, based on 3 reviews
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112 bottles owned by 50 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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