2015 DuMol "Chloe - Ritchie-Lorenzo Old Vines" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1330201 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Chardonnay Ritchie-Lorenzo Old Vines Vineyard (it’s two-thirds from Ritchie and one-third from Lorenzo) is a big, rich, classic Russian River Chardonnay that has loads of ripe orchard fruits, honeysuckle, dried herbs/earth, and spice all soaring from the glass. It’s another impeccably balanced, pure, classic effort from this estate that does everything right.  (6/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chardonnay Chloe comes from old vines (planted in 1972 and 1974) in the Ritchie and Lorenzo vineyards. It leaps from the glass with magnificent lemon curd, grapefruit and orange blossoms with hints of lightly browned toast, beeswax and lime leaves. Full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, it has a beautiful oiliness to the texture and is laden with citrus layers, finishing long and mineral laced. (LPB)  (6/2018)

95 points Vinous

 The 2015 Chardonnay Chloe Ritchie-Lorenzo is rich, unctuous and super expressive. The combination of fruit from Ritchie and texture from Lorenzo works beautifully here. Apple, pear, jasmine and almond overtones add lovely shades of nuance throughout. This is a stellar wine from Du Mol. Two thousand fifteen is the last vintage in which the Chloe is a blend of fruit from Ritchie and Lorenzo. (AG)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker’s notes: "Bold rich aromas of peach, apricot, and citrus oil to white blossom, sweet hay, and white pepper complexity; then to green olive and sea spray freshness. The vibrant grapefruit juice, zest, and pith entry steadily evolves into deep orange marmalade fruit richness. While tightly coiled, the wine displays obvious density and volume. Viscosity builds and flavors expand as layers and texture develop. Intense, vintage-driven acidity lifts and extends the palate through to a lingering tangerine and mineral finish. The richest of our 2015 Chardonnay bottlings and the wine with the most volume and breadth. There’s plenty of acidity and structure present but it’s buried under the wine's impressive depth and density in typical Chloe fashion. These wonderful low-yielding old vines naturally provide unmatched depth of flavor complexity, power, and concentration that remain remarkable, consistent, and classic. On opening, one can sense the wine’s flavors are held slightly in reserve, ready to spring forward. It takes some time in the glass for the wine's true beauty and sense of drama to unfold. There's always some mineral, flinty freshness present to balance out this power, and true to the vintage, the wine's zesty acidity has a strong balancing effect. But the real story of the wine is its relentless building fruit richness and the powerful deep echoing flavor that resonates long after each sip. Drink between 2018 and 2022."

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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, Mâcon, 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.


- 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.
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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.