2010 DuMol "Chloe" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1116695 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (from 38-year-old vines in the Ritchie Vineyard; all old Wente clone; 50% new oak): Bright green-gold. A flamboyant bouquet offers candied citrus fruits, white peach and pear nectar, along with honey, vanilla and ginger notes. A smoky mineral quality comes up with air and carries onto the palate, energizing the wine's deep orchard and pit fruit flavors. Shows a suave blend of richness and vivacity, finishing sappy, focused and very long.  (6/ 2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Chardonnay Chloe Ritchie Vineyard is direct and focused from start to finish. There is a distinct pointedness to the 2010 that is impossible to miss. Some of the other DuMol Chardonnays are richer and more voluptuous, but the Ritchie is much more linear in style, at least today. It will be interesting to see where this goes over the coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.  (4/ 2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A potent and richly flavored wine, slow to reveal the core of ripe fig, green apple and honeydew melon flavors, with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2019.  (6/ 2013)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Rich, but fairly direct and showing just a slight drift to dryness in both its aromas and flavors, this supple, full-bodied bottling is a bit less continuous than the winery's best efforts. While a tasty wine with plenty of near-term appeal, it strikes us as being one that will show its best while still young and we would tag it for drinking with the likes of lobster and salmon over the next year or two. It is a fine Chardonnay by any and all measures, and it impresses more than a bit on its own.  (2/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Grapes for the Chloe bottling were hand-harvested in early October from the Ritchie Vineyard, which is also an important Chardonnay vineyard for producers such as Aubert and Paul Hobbs. The wine was barrel fermented on native yeast and aged for 15 months in 50% new French oak. From the winemaker: "Brilliant pale yellow gold color. Richly aromatic: Nectarine, orange marmalade, mango, a subtle edge of fragrant lilies. Broad intense fruit richness, white peach, citrus oil, toasted nuts, almond paste, brioche. Real sense of thrusting power, but perfect balance between pulsating fruit and precise acidity. Lemon zest finish. Serve at no cooler than 55 degrees and drink between 2012 and 2018."

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By: Joel Nicholas |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/8/2013  | Send Email
Broad and focused with a pale golden color. Ripe, honeyed nectarine and mango with subtle floral notes on the nose. Incredible richness and length- I’m really intrigued to see what this will be like with another year or two of bottle age.

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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.
Country:

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.
Specific Appellation:

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.