2011 DuMol "Estate" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
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)
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)
*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.
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)
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)