2007 DuMol "Chloe" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Chardonnay Chloe (1,200 cases) comes primarily from the Ritchie Vineyard with a small percentage from the Dutton-Morelli Vineyard. Its light straw/green color is followed by aromas of crushed rocks, citrus, poached pears, and baked apple-like spices offered in a rich, full-bodied, structured style. Still young and reserved, it may merit an even higher score with another year of bottle age, and should last for a decade.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow-gold. Highly complex aromas of orange, papaya, honey and dried lemon, with a floral suggestion lending lift. Fat and silky but refreshingly dry, with ripe acidity giving shape and verve to the exotic fruit and sexy vanillin oak flavors. This expansive wine boasts excellent depth and finishes with a firming edge of acidity. Most of this fruit came from the Ritchie vineyard and this is the only 2007 Chardonnay that received some battonage.
Tangy sour pineapple, honeydew melon and green apple are full-bodied, fresh, vibrant and layered, with a hint of butterscotch folding in on the finish. Drink now through 2015.