2013 DuMol "Clare-Hyde Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay

SKU #1246112 95 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Three Stars* DuMOL's tour de force 2013 "clare" bottling is sourced from the highly regarded Hyde Vineyard in Carneros and stands with the finest Chardonnays of the vintage. It is both weighty and full without once seeming top heavy, and, if built on a slightly bigger last, it is exceptionally well-structured. Its effusive, many-layered display of ripe apples, sweet lemons and creamy, wholly complementary oak is immediately striking, yet it reveals more and more with a bit of time in the glass, and its terrific sense of balance and fruity drive is that of a wine that is years away from reaching its best.  (12/2015)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chardonnay Clare comes 100% from the Hyde Vineyard and represents a 22-year-old Wente clone of Chardonnay. This wine displays more buttery brioche notes, hints of tangerine oil and lemon blossom, a subtle, discreet use of oak, loamy soil undertones, and a full-bodied, almost premier cru Meursault-like white Burgundy personality. Complex, rich and multi-layered, this is a beauty to drink over the next decade. (RP)  (3/2016)

93 points Vinous

 The 2013 Chardonnay Clare Hyde Vineyard has a real sense of phenolic intensity and salivating energy that balances the depth of the fruit. This is another wine that readers will need to cellar in order to experience the full range of Hyde. Smoke, slate, apricot pit and dried herbs are some of nuances meld into the finish. (AG)  (2/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Intense and racy, with zesty citrus and grapefruit flavors that give the finish a trace of pithy bitterness. Drink now through 2020. 961 cases made. Web Only-2016 (JL)

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By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2016 | Send Email
This takes me back! Back to the days when I was young, naive, and hungry for butter (this really hasn't changed). I've come to expect this from many of the wines produced out of the famed Hyde Vineyard, but upon tasting this, I quickly found myself surprised by the immensely complex nose of sage and juniper, before getting smacked in the face with is supple apple, subtle citrus notes, and finally a long finish laden with white pepper and a slightly nutty aroma. This is absolutely decadent!

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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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- Just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, Carneros is kept cool by Bay breezes and thick fog, and has long been famous for cool-climate pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wine based on the two varietals. Warmer pockets have proved interesting and promising homes for syrah, cabernet and merlot.