2012 DuMol Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Chardonnay Russian River (4,360 cases) was aged on its lees in one-third new French oak for 11 months and underwent full malolactic fermentation. A six-vineyard blend, it is composed primarily of the Old Wente clone as well as Mt. Eden and a handful of others. Nearly 50% comes from the Dutton Vineyard and the rest from the Heintz, DuMOL Estate, Lorenzo, Ritchie and a few others. Like most of the DuMOL Chardonnays, it reveals a greenish hue to its color as well as attractive aromas of orange blossom, delicate pineapple, wet pebbles and fresh acids in its medium to full-bodied, surprisingly concentrated, heady personality. This big-time winner should age nicely for 7-8 years
Delivers a ripe beam of juicy pear, nectarine and white peach, shaded by light spicy oak. Gains depth while maintaining elegance. Drink now through 2020.
Dumol was established in 1996 by Kerry Murphy and Michael Verlander. Winemaker / Partner Andy Smith joined as winemaker in 2000 and partner in 2005. Most of the grapes are sourced from the Green Valley appellation where DuMOL has a 25-acre Estate Vineyard, with other grape sources originating in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Since the beginning, Dumol has striven to make well balanced wines. Known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnays, they also do small amounts of Syrah and Viognier. For much of the winery's existence, the wines have generally been sold direct or to restaurants. With the growth of production, we are finally seeing the wines available to retail. The 2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are perfect expressions of the the Russian River Valley. We are lucky enough to get a generous allocation of the wines and hope you enjoy them as much as we do.