2013 DuMol Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
The 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) is a wonderful introduction to the vintage. Plump, juicy and forward, but with good underlying energy, the 2013 is impeccably balanced from start to finish. Dark red cherry, blueberry, spice, new leather and menthol are pushed forward in an impeccable appellation-level wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. (AG)
...DuMOL's appellation bottling is a well-focused Pinot whose richness lends it a distinct family stamp. It is supple, slightly fleshy and moderately full on the palate with a touch of back-palate grip, and its nicely framed flavors of ripe cherries and sweet oak hold and hold. Its accessibility invites an immediate glass or two, but it is a wine with very clear potential for a few years of development.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Pinot Noir Russian River is their largest cuvée of just over 4,000 cases. It is made from the grapes of five separate vineyards, and includes about 20% whole clusters in the fermentation. The wine displays sweet and sour cherries, a seductive, meaty herbaceousness and roundness, lush tannin and good depth of fruit and finish. This wine was aged in about 40% new French oak for 12 months, moved to tank for three months and then bottled unfiltered. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. (RP)
DuMol was established in 1996 by Kerry Murphy and Michael Verlander. 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. We are lucky enough to get a generous allocation of the wines and hope you enjoy them as much as we do.