I visited with the nice folks of DuMol on a very sunny and hot May day; and tasted all the upcoming and future (barrel) releases. The wines (2009 Russian River) will be in stock this week! More than half of my allocation has already been pre-sold! So hurry, before you miss the boat of what I believe is THE best vintage (release) ever for my friends at DuMol!
I can report that they (all the 2009 and 2010 barrel samples) were stunning!
The 2009 Chardonnay RRV (sourced from the DuMol estate, Hyde, Dutton, Heintz Ranches) is amazingly aromatic; lemon and verbena aromas with a touch of hazel-nuttiness. On the palate this full bodied Chardonnay offers scores of baked apple, a touch of vanilla and some lingering mineral freshness. Will age nicely! I would say that this might be “the” best RRV Chardonnay from DuMol ever produced! Retail 60.00 – GGWC 54.99
The 2009 Pinot Noir RRV (sourced from the DuMol Estate, Widdoes, Gregori, Hansel, Sonome-Stage Ranches). Intense aromas of ripe cherry fruit. On the palate this full-bodied Pinot opens with cranberry freshness and flows into deeper Kirsch notes with a touch of licorice. Supple mid-palate, that is very harmonious and complex. On the finish the well-balanced RRV shows of more of the great skills of Andy Smith’s love for Pinot – long, lasting and complex! This latest release is in-line with the best ever produced from this winery! Retail 75.00 – GGWC 69.99
The 2009 Syrah RRV (sourced from Trenton Station, Hoppe-Kelly, Gregori and Dry Stack) shows of a dark purple hue. The aromas are floral, black raspberry with a touch of cocoa. This chewy, mouth-filling wine is never heavy – very full! One encounters cassis, blackberry, white pepper and a touch of anise, tobacco and chocolate on the mid-palate. It will linger into an amazingly long finish! The wine is stunning, probably their best effort yet to date. I would suggest decanting a few hours prior to serving. Retail 63.00 – GGWC 57.99
2010 Lia Viognier RRV, only 375 cases were produced of this baby! Hints of apricot and peach on the nose with a touch of lychee. On the palate this medium to full bodied Viognier offers some lemongrass, honeyed fruit and quince. This is not a “beginner” wine! Notable thrust and laser-like focus on the back end with some more lingering freshness. November 1, 2011 release for this wine!