2008 DuMOL - Chardonnay isobel 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Vinfolio | Rating: 

Drink Dates: 2011-2018
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 2008 Chardonnay Isobel (all from the Charles Heintz Vineyard's 27-year old vines) exhibits a light straw/green hue as well as a stunning nose of caramelized lemons, orange blossoms, nectarines and hints of tropical fruits and honeysuckle. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and powerful, it should drink well for 7-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2011-2019
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 193

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Greenish gold. Higher in pitch than the Clare, displaying intense, mineral-dominated citrus and spice aromas, along with notes of licorice and white pepper. Lively acidity adds lift to fresh orange and pear flavors, with a late note of iodine adding complexity. Finishes juicy and long, with a resonating note of gingerbread. This is complex enough to enjoy now but has the spine and concentration to age.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Very ripe and complex, offering exotic tropical fruit flavors, with guava, pineapple, peach and floral scents. Full-bodied, deep and concentrated, ending with baked fruit flavors.

Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Victrola
Tasted On: 12/13/2011

Rating: 93
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/26/2013
Drink Dates:

Rating: 92
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 07/04/2012

Average rating: 92, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

89 bottles owned by 28 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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