2011 DuMOL - Chardonnay Russian River Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

The 2011 Chardonnay Russian River is a blend from some of the finest Sonoma vineyards, including Ritchie, Lorenzo, Hyde, DuMol and Heintz. Largely made from the Old Wente clone of Chardonnay blended with some of the Mt. Eden clone, it was barrel-fermented and aged 14 months on its lees with no lees stirring and only about 30% new French oak used. A light green/straw color is followed by terrific aromas of white peaches, pineapples, brioche, and a hint of creme brulee. Full-bodied with beautiful purity and texture, it is the equal of any Chardonnay selling for twice the price. It should drink well for 5+ years.

Drink Dates: 2013-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 210

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

(from the highest-density planting in the area, at 3,700 vines per acre, according to Andy Smith): Wild, smoky aromas of musky citrus fruits and minerals. Plusher and silkier than the Isobel, showing more obvious ripeness to its stone fruit and vanillin oak flavors. Finishes broad and full, with lingering notes of vanilla and nuts. Smith chose the best barrels to make this wine, and they happened to include a high percentage of new oak, including a lot of Chassin barriques .

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 174

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Dense and concentrated, this is a bit coarse in texture, with gripping tannins, offering intense flavors of ripe peach and nectarine.

Drink Dates: 2013-2018
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 91
Author: Ish Wine Cellar
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 05/18/2013

Rating: 89
Author: bsbrown05
Tasted On: 08/01/2014
Light gold in color. Grapefruit, Apricot. Medium finish. Ginger.

Average rating: 90, based on 5 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

214 bottles owned by 25 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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