2011 DuMol Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The beautiful 2011 Pinot Noir Russian River, a nine vineyard blend, was made from four clonal selections, the Dijon, Swan, Mt. Eden and Calera clones. Its dark plum/ruby hue is accompanied by notes of sassafras, black currants, licorice and a hint of lavender. This medium to full-bodied, velvety textured, lush, heady, evolved Pinot was aged 11 months on its lees in 35% new French oak. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(at 5,000 cases, this is DuMol's largest single bottling): Good medium red. Aromas of raspberry, strawberry, exotic spices and earth, complicated by cherry and leather notes. Light on its feet and spicy; doesn't have the texture or body of a riper year but this pinot is nicely perfumed and persistent, finishing with very fine-grained tannins.
A touch lighter overall, yet still nicely fruited with a rich, well-measured complement of sweet oak to its comparatively direct, cherry-like fruit, this inviting youngster sports a fine supple feel and already shows hints of varietal velvet before firming up at the finish. It is more about balance than it is about muscle and extract, and it looks to be at its best once no more than a few years have passed.