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2010 DuMol Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1107073 Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Despite leaning to ripeness in its initial aromas, this wine comes with plenty of black cherry fruit in tow and adds in distinct oaky richness and a quiet walnut-like note. It is medium-full-bodied in palate weight and turns out to be lighter on its feet than first impressions seem to advise, and its near-supple texture and nicely crafted fruit hold it in good stead through to a balanced, mid-depth finish. Inner quote mark (10/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The entry-level 2010 Pinot Noir is big, juicy and exuberant. There is no shortage of fruit in this flashy Pinot. The 2010 is a terrific effort considering its production of 4,600 cases. It is ideally enjoyed over the next few years. Winemaker Andy Smith describes 2009 as a “sweet, forward vintage,” while 2011 is more “dynamic and commercial.” Smith reserves his highest praise for 2010, which he calls his favorite among the three current vintages. In 2011, Smith bulked out 20% of his Pinot Noirs, including the entire production of the Eoin. All the 2011 Pinots came in before the rains. Smith used whole clusters only for the Aidan, as botrytis was an issue in all the other Pinot vineyards. The Charles Heintz Chardonnay came in after the rains. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to taste the 2011 Syrahs, as the final blends had not yet been put together at the time of this tasting. In broad terms, the DuMol Chardonnays are all fermented and aged in barrel, with no lees stirring. Some of the wines are aged in slightly larger 300-liter barrels, and at times the malolactic fermentations are partly blocked, which results in wines that are texturally rich but also full of energy, a combination that is rare and hard to achieve. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2013)

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By: Joel Nicholas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2013 | Send Email
We had the pleasure of tasting the 2011 versions of both of these wines during our recent visit to the winery but they will not be released for several months. Right now we have the 2010s and both wines are drinking beautifully. The Pinot Noir is warm and earthy, bursting with aromas of tobacco leaf and cocoa followed by dark red fruits on the palate.

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