2013 DuMol "Isobel" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1227683 93-95 points Vinous

 The 2013 Chardonnay Isobel Charles Heintz Vineyard is full of promise. Tropical fruit, apricot pit, white peach and white pepper notes blossom in a pretty, high-toned Chardonnay long on class and personality. This nuanced, delicate Chardonnay shows plenty of potential. I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted at DuMol this year. Winemaker Andy Smith is no longer at Larkmead and is now solely focused on DuMol, which can only be a good thing for these wines. Many of the 2012s, the Pinots in particular, were even better from bottle than they were from barrel last year. The 2012 Pinots spent more time in barrel than normal, and for the most part benefited from the longer elevage. Unfortunately I was not able to taste the 2013 Pinots as they were bottled earlier than normal, just before my visit. DuMol and Andy Smith fans can look forward to two Cabernets starting with the 2014 vintage; the first is from the Montecillo vineyard in Sonoma, while the second is likely to be a blend from two top Napa Valley sites. DuMol occupies a pretty solid position in the middle of the stylistic spectrum, which is one of the reasons they are so delicious. In my view, these wines have never been better.  (1/2015)

Connoisseurs Guide

 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.  (12/2015)

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By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2016 | Send Email
I love Chardonnay. It's an enduring mystery to me as to why it gets such a bum rap out there in the world, when it is, at its best, a truly all encompassing white wine. As exemplified here by Dumol's ISOBEL release, you get a real sense what real Chardonnay is, with the savory texture, the slight lemon zest, and toasted oak that rounds it out. A perfect choice for when you want something fairly full in body, yet also need enough bright acidity to pair with that delicious salmon.

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2016 | Send Email
From the great Charles Heintz Vineyard of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, this gorgeous bottling got some 30-35% new (hogshead) wood, with some good ol' fashioned lees time to build texture and character. After the wood treatment, it settled in a tank. It is bright and lively. Wet stones and minerality give this bottling a great expressive lift and finish that is hard to match.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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.


- 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.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1