2011 DuMol "Estate" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1146220 95 points Vinous

 The 2011 Pinot Noir Estate is a wonderfully complete wine. Dark red cherry, plum, menthol and tobacco flesh out in a bright, big, broad-shouldered Pinot endowed with superb depth and the structure to age gracefully for a number of years. The 2011 needs at least a year or two in bottle to fully come together, but it is impressive, to say the least. Today, the Estate looks like the most ageworthy of these wines. (AG)  (2/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (just 10% vendange entier; from a high-density 2004 planting): Very bright dark red. High-pitched aromas of pomegranate, cranberry, spices and crushed stone. Tactile and pungent in the mouth, with the tart red berry and mineral flavors showing very good depth and density but quite tightly wound today, even a bit musclebound. This wears its 14.3% alcohol gracefully as it finishes spicy, perfumed, energetic and long, with substantial but fine-grained tannins. (ST)  (6/2014)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* Concise and nicely focused, if a bit firmer and less forthcoming than its mates, this tightly framed offering exhibits good fruity concentration and DuMOL's signature stamp of sweet oak. Its initial themes of ripe cherries are accented by a bit of cranberry-like piquancy, and a bit of back-palate tannin is pushed to the fore by ample acidity. It is sufficiently fruity that it may be drunk now, but it is more about potential than immediate charm and deserves a place in the cellar.  (10/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Pinot Noir DuMol Estate, a blend of Calera, Swan and Clone 943 that spent 15 months on its lees in 50% new French oak, is another big-time winner. Lots of wild strawberries and other berry fruits intermixed with cherry jam characteristics emerge from this medium-bodied, intense Pinot that displays the profound concentration of the top years. (RP)  (12/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Ripe and intense, if a bit edgy, with a raciness to the zesty raspberry and wild berry notes. Shows vibrancy and a pleasing earthiness. (JL)  (12/2013)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Sp├Ątburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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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.
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 Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.