2010 DuMol "Estate" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1116697 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (55% new oak): Saturated ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of cherry-cola, licorice and incense, with a spicy note adding vivacity. Broad and intensely flavored, offering palate-staining dark fruit flavors and an energizing lick of blood orange. Chewy and focused on the impressively long finish, which features dusty tannins and clinging dark berry character. (ST)  (6/2013)

94 points Vinous

 The 2010 Pinot Noir Estate is another of the more elegant, textured wines in the range. It captures a highly appealing stylistic middle ground between the Ryan and the Widdoes, with the aromatics and silkiness of the former and the fruit density of the latter. Sweet and perfumed through to the finish, the DuMol Estate is pure sexiness in the glass. (AG)  (7/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More backward than the 2010 Pinot Noir Finn, the 2010 Pinot Noir DuMol Estate exhibits notes of strawberry and cherry jam, a floral and damp, composty, foresty character, medium to full body, and a deep, rich, moderately tannic style. It will benefit from another 6-12 months of bottle age, and should drink well for at least a decade. 93+ Points (RP)  (12/2013)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Picking a favorite from the current DuMOL bunch is no easy task, but this stunning wine vies for top honors by dint of its amazing depth. It manages to be both very rich and refined at one and the same time, and, from first sniff to finish, it presents a wealth of juicy young fruit juxtaposed with creamy oak and root-beer-like spice. It never gives in to simple sweetness but is instead a serious, many-layered wine of immense richness and savor, and it has the structure and stamina of one that will age famously for a good many years.  (2/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Tightly wound, with touches of spicy cherry, raspberry, fresh earth and cigar box. Complete, balanced and clean on the finish. (JL, Web-2013)

K&L Notes

This bottling from DuMol comes from the younger vines on their Russian River estate. It is aged for 15 months in 44% new French oak barrels, which add a veil of spice and subtle toffee tones to the wine, which is floral and fresh, with savory herb and black cherry aromas and flavors. In the mouth there are deeper notes of black olive and blue fruit, with dusty soil and orange zest to give it lift. Still youthfully firm, give this some air or lay down for a few years in your wine fridge.

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Staff Image By: Joel Nicholas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2013 | Send Email
Always a standout. 2010 is only the fourth vintage for this wine but they really have something going here. Made from young vines, but still a very high quality wine.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Sp├Ątburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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 Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.