2007 DuMol "Isobel" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1061009 97 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Heintz Vineyard is the source of this very deep and deftly made working. It combines keenly defined, optimally ripened, perfectly balanced fruit smelling of Delicious apples and Meyer lemons and marries that pure, compelling Chardonnay fruit to a full measure of rich wonderfully complementary oak. While fairly open and outgoing to start, this head-turning bottling firms as it crosses the palate and finishes with bright, harmoniously placed acids in just the right proportion. And, given its still developing personality, it is going to get better and better. *Three Stars*  (4/2010)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Slightly more color is evident in the medium-straw/light gold-hued 2007 Chardonnay Isobel. It took nearly a year for this cuvee to finish its malolactic fermentation, and it reveals more roasted hazelnut, tropical fruit, honeysuckle, peach jam, and marmalade characteristics. Made from fruit grown in the Charles Heintz Vineyard (the source of terrific Chardonnays from other producers such as Williams-Selyem), DuMol’s offering possesses very good acidity, and is a candidate for a decade of aging. (RP)  (2/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid gold. Seductive, intensely perfumed aromas of pear, passion fruit and pineapple, with smoky lees and truffle adding complexity. Then rich, penetrating and sweet on the palate, with exotic fruit character and mounting spiciness. An impressive, mouthcoating wine with intriguing smoky, floral and mineral suggestions on the persistent finish. These grapes were sourced from the Charles Heintz vineyard, which Smith says 'always gives opulent fruit.' (ST)  (5/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and vibrant, complex and layered, with apple turnover, spice, fig and honeydew melon flavors that are intense and full-bodied, gaining depth and richness on the finish. (JL)  (6/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 From the old Charles Heintz vineyard on Occidental Ridge in Green Valley. Made by a talented, originally Scottish, young winemaker with 18 months on original lees. Wonderfully mineral dry and firm. Dense. Lots of solids apparently still dissolved in this wine - in a good way. So firm and chewy. Greengages. Lots of fruit. Tangerine peel on the finish. A great food wine. 18/20 points.  (3/2010)

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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.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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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 Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.