2013 DuMol "Eddie's Patch" Russian River Valley Syrah

SKU #1227689 95 points Vinous

 The 2013 Syrah Eddie's Patch Hoppe-Kelly Vineyard is the last wine made from this site before the vines were taken out in preparation for replanting. The Eddie's Patch is marked by a more voluptuous, fruit-driven personality than is found in the Jack Robert's Run. Mocha, dark chocolate, spice, plum and black cherry flesh out on the wine's generous mid-palate. This dramatic, vivid Syrah will drink well pretty much right out of the gate, although it clearly has the potential to develop nicely in bottle for a number of years. (AG)  (2/2016)

94 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* There is no mistaking the family resemblance among the three DuMOL siblings even if this one is a touch softer and presently not quite as tight as its mates. It momentarily recalls Pinot Noir by virtue of its supple, ever so slightly velvety feel, but its fruit, its spice and its slightly grippy tannins confirm its true varietal origins. While sufficiently firm to commend a few years of age, it never once strays to coarseness, and its fruity stamina is the sign of a Syrah very much built for keeping.  (11/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Syrah Eddie’s Patch comes from volcanic red soils and shows tightly knit blueberry and blackberry fruit with some camphor, charcoal and barbecue notes. It is highly extracted, intense, full-bodied and rich. It reminds me of a California version of a serious Crozes-Hermitage. Give it several years of cellaring and drink it over the following 15 or so years. About 30% whole clusters were used during fermentation. (RP)  (3/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Dense and appealingly rustic, with floral blueberry and crushed rock aromas and complex flavors of blackberry, licorice and smoky cracked pepper. Finishes with firm tannins. Needs time. Best from 2018 through 2022. (TF)  (12/2015)

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By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2016 | Send Email
Make no bones about it, the 2013 offering of Dumol's signature Syrah is gorgeous. A beautiful example of what perfect balance can bring to a full bodied wine, this has the classic hints of black pepper, herbs, and a slight roasted quality that I always look for in the varietal.

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2016 | Send Email
Lush and rich, full bodied, with blue and purple fruits. A solid iron-like minerality character and solid backbone & structure. My go-to special occasion domestic Syrah. I think these wines give the Northern Rhone Syrah producers a run for their money. We tried a 2009 vintage with the producer, and it was still young, vibrant and playful, so there is some quite serious ability to age as well.

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Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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United States

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California

- 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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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.