2013 DuMol Russian River Valley Syrah
Led in the nose by a well-measured mix of mildly gamy spice, juicy, optimally ripe berries and fancy oak, this nicely composed Syrah is polished and pure in its fruit but never lacks for varietal authority. Its deep and very well-focused flavors tend to tighten after a deceptively open start, yet any limits that the wine seems to have are entirely the result of its youth, and there is no doubt at all about its long-term potential. We urge that it be set aside for no fewer than five years and anticipate continuing growth for another five or more after that.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The three Syrahs that DuMOL makes go from a small production of the Jack Robert’s Run (250 cases) to just over 1,000 cases of the Russian River cuvée. The 2013 Syrah Russian River is fermented with about 30% whole clusters and displays notes of bacon fat, charcuterie, ground pepper, blackberry and cassis. A lovely, supple lushness and good purity make for a long, heady, rich Syrah to drink over the next 7-8 years. (RP)
A fabulous appellation-level wine, DuMol's 2013 Syrah is deep, dense and explosive, with the fruit pushed forward and plenty of supporting structure to back things up. Blue and black stone fruits, grilled herbs, lavender, smoke, menthol and graphite flesh out effortlessly. Drink this big, meaty Syrah over the coming years. The balance here is simply compelling. (AG)
Focused and savory, combining subtle power and finesse. Floral blueberry and tar aromas lead to complex flavors of smoky raspberry, cracked pepper beef and licorice. Drink now through 2022. (TF)
"DuMOL fashions three noteworthy Syrahs which probably receive less attention than they should because of the winery’s high visibility and credibility for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir," according to Robert Parker, who scored the 2012 vintage 94 points in December, 2014. DuMol wines, made by winemaker Andy Smith, are consistently a hit with Wine Spectator and Antonio Galloni, as well.