2007 DuMol "Chloe" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1061008 94 points Connoisseurs Guide

 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.  (4/ 2010)

94 points 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.  (2/ 2010)

92 points 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.  (5/ 2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (7/ 2010)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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.
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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.
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California

- 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.