2013 DuMol "Eddie's Patch" Russian River Valley Syrah
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)
*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.
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)
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)