2013 DuMol "Isobel" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Absolutely sensational, the 2013 Chardonnay Isobel comes exclusively from the 32-year-old vines of the Charles Heintz Vineyard. Barrel-fermented and aged 13 months on its lees, then four months in tank, this wine offers up quintessential Chardonnay notes such as white peach, wet stones and hazelnut. It exhibits great acidity, a full-bodied, honeyed texture, superb purity, and a tightly coiled, crisp, zesty finish. It should be even better with another 6-12 months of cellaring and keep for a decade or more. 94+ (RP)
The 2013 Chardonnay Isobel Charles Heintz Vineyard is another soft, supple Chardonnay from DuMol. A wine of real pedigree, the Isobel graces the palate with exquisite finesse. Yellow orchard fruit, slate, smoke, apricot pit and spice notes are all laced together. The 2013 is delicate and nuanced from start to finish, although my sense is that the wine has not fully recovered from bottling, as the vineyard signatures aren't fully expressive yet. The classic Heintz texture comes through nicely, though. (AG)
Sweet oak and toast break a step or two ahead of lemon-tinged, yet fairly ripe fruit in the nose and assume a similarly salient role in the ensuing flavors of this weighty, glycerin-fattened effort, and, while not lacking for richness, the wine is not as vigorously fruity as the best DuMOL bottlings. Its lingering finish takes on a spicy, slightly hardwoody edge, and service with richer foods, rather than lighter, is what it wants.
Fresh and zesty, with a mix of citrus, grapefruit and pithy citrus skin. Clean and elegant, and may gain with time. Ends with tingling tangerine notes. (JL, Web-2016)