2013 DuMol "Ryan" Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1227685 93 points Vinous

 The 2013 Pinot Noir Ryan Widdoes Vineyard is one of the more precise, delineated wines in the range this year. Brisk and chiseled to the core, the 2013 offers lovely translucence, expressive aromatics and sculpted fruit. Give the 2013 another few years in bottle. (AG)  (2/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Pinot Noir Ryan comes from a 28-year-old Martini Pinot Noir selection that was planted in 1981 in the Widdoes Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. This wine displays greater ripeness and richness, with some notes of fresh mushrooms intermixed with blackcurrant and black cherry. It is the ripest and most concentrated of the Pinot Noirs and long. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. (RP)  (3/2016)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* Sporting a full measure of concentrated, optimally ripened black cherry fruit that is overlain by a careful veneer of creamy, slightly toasty oak, DuMOL's "ryan" is a deep, relatively full-bodied Pinot that shows great continuity and steady focus. It firms and takes on a slight touch of tannic toughness after a supple, near-velvety entry, and it wants very much for a few years of smoothing. It has the substance and structure to argue strongly for at least mid-term cellaring, and it should remain vital and rich beyond its tenth birthday.  (2/2016)

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Staff Image By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2016 | Send Email
Back in the day, I remember tasting my first DUMOL Pinot, and what an experience that was. Here, with their 2013 "RYAN" release, I've gotten reacquainted with what this winery has always made me think of: bright red fruit, a healthy dose of forest and herbs, and that classic California-rich texture. This is a wine that will age for years (and drinks beautifully now).

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2016 | Send Email
Red fruits and pine trees fill the glass up with aromas. From the Widdoe's Vineyard of the Green Valley sub-AVA of the Russian River area, this gives off plenty more red berries, a persistent, gorgeous body and just very level on every playing field. In classic DuMol style... this has quite an elegant finish and crescendo.

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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 Spätburgunder 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 Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.