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2015 DuMol "Ryan - Widdoes Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1330203 95 points Vinous

 The 2015 Pinot Noir Ryan Widdoes Vineyard is creamy, resonant and beautifully expressive, with seamless layers of aromatics and fruit that give the wine its tremendous overall balance. Rose petal, lavender and succulent red stone fruit notes abound. This silky, inviting Pinot once again hits all the right notes. The 2015 was done with fully destemmed fruit, but the Martini clone Pinot planted on this site nevertheless confers notable perfume. (AG)  (4/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Ryan reveals complex scents of red and black cherries, black raspberries and red plums with hints of garrigue, lavender, mossy bark and bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is densely packed with red and black fruits, supported with a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long. (LPB)  (6/2018)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Although ripeness gets a little ahead of fruit at the outset here, this wine's deep, very generous aromas unfold in short order to show a wealth of well-formed cherries accompanied by lovely, crème-brûlée-like oak and its impressively stuffed flavors confirm that this is, indeed, a very serious Pinot of great richness and range. It is both supple and slightly tannic, but is a sure bet to age beautifully, and do try not to be hasty in drinking it up before it has had the chance to make good on its certain promise of showing as much refinement as it does very enviable richness.  (5/2018)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Deeper and richer than the 2016, the 2015 Pinot Noir Widdoes Vineyard boasts tons of red and black fruits intermixed with more spice and floral elements with time in the glass. Possessing a bigger, richer mid-palate, as well as a more in-your-face personality, this medium to full-bodied Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has integrated acidity and a great finish.  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker’s Notes: "Typical Widdoes Vineyard briary fruit-filled aromatics are spicy, dark, and pure: black raspberry and black cherry with licorice, orange peel, lilac, and fresh mint. Immediate palate intensity, a real thrust and drive to the wine’s flavors. Wild berry, sweet thyme, anise, and a mineral freshness run through the wine, expanding to succulent layers of dark fruit, plush and deep with great nuance and detail. Long savory, mouthwatering finish. Wonderful clarity of flavor. Our new release of Ryan is one of the finest bottlings we have ever produced from this pedigreed vineyard that stretches all the way back in history to 1996. It ranks alongside - or even just ahead of - the great Ryan bottlings of 2002 and 2005. The season’s historically low crop yield produced a wine that offers a rare blend of depth, intensity, and concentration - never heavy or clumsy, instead poised, vibrant, and nuanced. This is classical Pinot Noir! I’m particularly drawn to the level of detail in the wine - it’s a combination of many delicate nuances, all gently and seamlessly layered together so you sense that there's nothing lost from the vineyard to the bottle. This is a wine I will enjoy patiently over the next fifteen years."

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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.
Specific Appellation:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.3