2010 DuMol "Estate" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(55% new oak): Saturated ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of cherry-cola, licorice and incense, with a spicy note adding vivacity. Broad and intensely flavored, offering palate-staining dark fruit flavors and an energizing lick of blood orange. Chewy and focused on the impressively long finish, which features dusty tannins and clinging dark berry character. (ST)
The 2010 Pinot Noir Estate is another of the more elegant, textured wines in the range. It captures a highly appealing stylistic middle ground between the Ryan and the Widdoes, with the aromatics and silkiness of the former and the fruit density of the latter. Sweet and perfumed through to the finish, the DuMol Estate is pure sexiness in the glass. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More backward than the 2010 Pinot Noir Finn, the 2010 Pinot Noir DuMol Estate exhibits notes of strawberry and cherry jam, a floral and damp, composty, foresty character, medium to full body, and a deep, rich, moderately tannic style. It will benefit from another 6-12 months of bottle age, and should drink well for at least a decade. 93+ (RP)
*Two Stars* Picking a favorite from the current DuMOL bunch is no easy task, but this stunning wine vies for top honors by dint of its amazing depth. It manages to be both very rich and refined at one and the same time, and, from first sniff to finish, it presents a wealth of juicy young fruit juxtaposed with creamy oak and root-beer-like spice. It never gives in to simple sweetness but is instead a serious, many-layered wine of immense richness and savor, and it has the structure and stamina of one that will age famously for a good many years.
Tightly wound, with touches of spicy cherry, raspberry, fresh earth and cigar box. Complete, balanced and clean on the finish. (JL, Web-2013)
This bottling from DuMol comes from the younger vines on their Russian River estate. It is aged for 15 months in 44% new French oak barrels, which add a veil of spice and subtle toffee tones to the wine, which is floral and fresh, with savory herb and black cherry aromas and flavors. In the mouth there are deeper notes of black olive and blue fruit, with dusty soil and orange zest to give it lift. Still youthfully firm, give this some air or lay down for a few years in your wine fridge.