2015 DuMol Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1315387 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chardonnay Russian River Valley opens with honeycomb, warm peaches and pear tart with a spicy undercurrent of ginger, anise and fennel seed plus wafts of pie crust and lemongrass. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-filling peaches and pears flavors with a racy acid line and nice, long finish. (LPB)  (6/2018)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 A full dose of vibrant, young, keenly varietal Chardonnay fruit is enriched with plenty of winemaking extras here, and, while in no way overdone, the wine readily shows off its full complement of rich, toasty oak. It similarly plays to richness and is no lightweight on the palate, but it is a very well-balanced offering for its size, and two or three years in the cellar are certain to round off its few youthful angles and edges. *One Star*  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

Most of the grapes for the 2015 Chardonnay were grown on Dutton Ranch in the Sonoma Coast AVA. The extremely dry 2015 vintage was a remarkable one in Sonoma, producing wines that, according to winemaker Andy Smith, "rank alongside the best we have ever grown, vinified and bottled. It’s a truly defining vintage in which our coastal hillside vineyard sites performed to their maximum potential. The wines are dominated by a sense of deep intense oiliness that is a direct product of the year’s historically low vine yields." With a broad viscosity and layer upon layer of flavor - notes of lemongrass, thyme, marzipan and beeswax - this is a wine that will drink well upon release but develop even more complexity for the next handful of years.

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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.