2007 DuMol "Isobel" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
*Three Stars* 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.
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)
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)
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)