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2009 DuMol "Estate" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1080310 95 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark While we go back and forth in deciding just which of DuMOL's latests is our pick of the bunch, this estate bottling wins a place at the very head of the class. It is as wonderfully pure in fruit as it is impeccably balanced with perfectly ripened fruit running its length. It is so supple and polished in feel as to be almost too easy to taste in its youth, but it is structured and firm beneath its smooth façade, and its length on the palate is stunning. It hints at layering and complexity to come, so again, if its sheer fruity succulence does not draw you in and compel pulling its cork a little too early, know that it will reward aging and promises to grow incrementally more and more complex in the half-dozen or so years ahead. *Three Stars* Inner quote mark (2/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright violet color. Exotic, heady aromas of dark cherry, black raspberry, licorice, violet, white pepper and cola. Sappy and structured, with gently chewy texture and powerful, deeply concentrated red and dark fruit flavors energized by minerals and Asian spices. Impressively concentrated but also strikingly elegant and poised. Shows great precision and energy on the long, floral finish. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This notably graceful and elegant Pinot delivers delicate wilted rose, blueberry and black cherry fruit that's supple and detailed, with a long, lingering finish. (JL) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A wine with beautiful purity of ripe fruit with strawberries, spices, and lemon skin. Full body, with fine tannins and a lovely textured finish. Drink now or hold. Inner quote mark (6/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Pinot Noir Estate is another big, textured wine. It possesses stunning depth and richness from start to finish. Dark red berries, flowers, leather and licorice come together beautifully in this seamless, inviting wine. Cinnamon, exotic spices and star anise develop in the glass, adding further dimensions of complexity. This big boy needs time. The Estate is made from a young, high-density vineyard planted just five years ago with Calera, Swan and Pommard clones. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

K&L Notes

The 2009 DuMol Estate Russian River Pinot Noir consists of fruit entirely from DuMol's estate vineyard, which is planted to Swan, Calera, Pommard, 667 & 77 Pinot Noir clones. The grapes were hand-harvested and the wine fermented with native yeasts, undergoing natural malolactic fermentation before being aged for fifteen months in 55% new French oak barrels. Winemaker Andy Smith writes: "This 'aroma potential' is never more apparent than in this new estate bottling-the wine just leaps out of the glass at you, but not in a clumsy full throttle way. Rather it's elegant, stylish and quite beguiling … This really hits the high notes and progresses into rarified territory among its Californian Pinot peers." The nose leads with high-toned red berry and earth spice aromas and flavors, opening up to reveal, darker, brambly fruit and more savory notes with air. The palate is layered and complex, with brilliant acidity lifting an inner core of concentrated fruit and earthy spice. Enjoy over the next decade.

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