2010 DuMol Russian River Valley Syrah

SKU #1107076 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Syrah is rich, explosive and incredibly beautiful. Blackberries, cassis, graphite, savory herbs, white flowers and black pepper all emerge from this drop-dead gorgeous wine. More exotic notes of orange peel, spices, nutmeg, cloves and myriad of aromas and flavors take shape in the glass over time. Simply put, this is a fabulous, drop-dead gorgeous wine from DuMol. The 2010 can be enjoyed today, but it has more than enough stuffing to drink well for a number of years. In 2010, the Jack Robert’s Run was declassified to the straight Russian River Syrah bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. Winemaker Andy Smith describes 2009 as a “sweet, forward vintage,” while 2011 is more “dynamic and commercial.” Smith reserves his highest praise for 2010, which he calls his favorite among the three current vintages. In 2011, Smith bulked out 20% of his Pinot Noirs, including the entire production of the Eoin. All the 2011 Pinots came in before the rains. Smith used whole clusters only for the Aidan, as botrytis was an issue in all the other Pinot vineyards. The Charles Heintz Chardonnay came in after the rains. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to taste the 2011 Syrahs, as the final blends had not yet been put together at the time of this tasting.  (4/ 2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Pure, rich and layered, offering dark berry, spice, mineral and cedar. Fleshy, but tight and firm on the finish, with touches of nutmeg and espresso. Drink now through 2022.  (3/ 2013)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 There is a fine sense of energy and vitality evident from the very first here, and the wine is convincingly keyed on exceptionally pure and precise Syrah fruit with a fine mix of dark berries, spice and lightly laid-on oak running its length. It is firm and no more than nominally tannic with the sense of a wine that should age famously, and it never trades unduly on ripeness. Allow at least a half decade here, and expect that it will still be going strong ten or twelve years hence.  (11/ 2012)

K&L Notes

DuMol's 2010 Russian River Valley Syrah is a blend of 3 vineyards: 38% Hoppe-Kelly, 33% Greywacke, and 29% Gregori. Grapes were hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard and again at the winery before native yeast fermentation. The wine spent 16 months in 33% new French oak and was bottled unfiltered. From the winery: "Dark purple/black color. Bright and lively, aromatic fireworks: wild berries, white pepper, savory herbs, and spices. Floral violet and black olive notes. Grilled meat and tar notes grow with time. Brisk white pepper palate entry. Cassis and licorice. Spirited, energetic palate. Natural density and blackberry richness emerges with air. Long, fine and penetrating back end."

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By: Joel Nicholas |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/8/2013  | Send Email
Definitely the surprise wine of our visit. I had never tasted a DuMOL Syrah before and I came away very impressed by this wine. Dark purple in color but with plenty of acidity- very lively on the palate. Tons of Northern Rhone-ish smoked meat character to go along with dense, pure black berry and purple plum fruit.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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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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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).