2007 DuMol Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1061005 94 points Connoisseurs Guide

 **Two Stars** Each of DuMOL's new Chardonnays conveys both a full measure of well-ripened fruit and lots of very rich oak, and each and every one of them is a noteworthy wine of the highest pedigree. This stunning effort, from the Ritchie and Dutton Morelli vineyards, is very much an equal partner and is an absolutely brilliant wine in its own right. Its, concentrated, spiced-apple flavors build and build en route to a long, layered finish.  (4/2010)

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of different vineyards, their 2007 Chardonnay Russian River might turn out to be one of the best Chardonnays they have made under this moniker. Crisp acids, beautiful lemon butter notes intermixed with brioche and orange/nectarine notes are all present in this full-bodied wine, with the oak pushed well into the background.  (12/2008)

Wine Spectator

 Offers a complex mix of full-bodied ripe apple, pear, melon and spice. Still a bit raw in texture, but intense and concentrated, ending with a dash of butterscotch. Drink now through 2015.

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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2011 | Send Email
A great representation of what balanced California Chardonnay can really achieve when well crafted. This wine has richness; warm toasted covered with lemon curd along with core fruit along the lines of green apples makes for a delicious palate, the oak is a back ground note to support the fruit and beautifully integrated. The acidity brings vibrancy that really balances the wine.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.