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2014

Pinot Noir

2014 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92
Stars: 2

"More than once we have found a great deal to like in the straight appellation bottlings of top-notch Pinot producers, and here is just such an example that rivals and even surpasses several of its pricier cellarmates with respect to balance, fruity depth and real varietal beauty. It is moderately full, slightly fleshy in feel and very well balanced, and, while it impresses as a Pinot of many parts, it impresses at least as much for the way in which those parts are seamlessly joined. It is no stretch to see richness and refinement intersecting in its not-too-distant future."

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The Wine Advocate
91+

“Gives way to notes of baked cherries, mulberries and cranberry jelly with a dried Provence herbs and forest floor undercurrent. Medium to full-bodied, firm and rich in the mouth, it has a solid frame of chewy tannins and balanced acidity, finishing long. 91+ points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
91

“This Pinot Noir is dark, plush and super-expressive today, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. This is a decidedly dark style for the Russian River Pinot. Plum, black cherry, licorice, sage, smoke and menthol all add to an impression of masculinity. 91 points.” – Antonio Galloni

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2014 Pinot Noir Aidan
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91
Stars: 2

"Sweet oak is a slightly pushier presence here, yet it never gets in the way of this wine's confident expression of very pure Pinot fruit and instead contributes attractive accents of root beer and vanilla in the nose and again on the palate. It is a concentrated, slightly bolder member of the handsome DuMOL family, but, for all of its unabashed richness and considerable depth, it is a well-structured wine nonetheless and one that never threatens to be too much of a good thing. We plan on waiting for at least three or four years and recommend that you do the same as well."

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The Wine Advocate
92

“Medium-bodied with a very lively acid backbone and solid frame of chewy tannins, it delivers plenty of juicy fruit and good persistence. 92 points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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2014 Pinot Noir Connor
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92
Stars: 2

"This intense, very well-crafted wine hits all of the varietal marks smartly and shows a great sense of polish and reserve as it does. It is rich and fully ripe, but it is very deep and continuous fruit rather than ripeness that is its dominant theme, and it is showing the first signs of fine Pinot Noir's specifically velvety texture. While already involving and offering plenty to please in the near term, it is beautifully composed and eminently ageworthy stuff that will only gain in complexity and beauty for at least another five or six years, and its high recommendation comes without reservations."

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Wine Spectator
91

"Firm and juicy, with a core of red plum, blueberry and wild berry flavors. Slow to open but ultimately reveals ample nuance and depth. Drink now through 2022. 91 points." –JL

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The Wine Advocate
95

“Opens with alluring potpourri, garrigue and underbrush notes over a core of pomegranate and red currants. Elegantly fruited and medium-bodied, the perfumed red fruit flavors define the palate, supported by harmonious, silky tannins and refreshing acid. 95 points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
91

“The 2014 Connor is delicate and finely-knit in the glass. Expressive floral notes and bright, red-toned flavors, along with mid-weight structure, are the signatures. Feminine and gracious, the 2014 will drink well upon release and for at least several years thereafter. 91 points.” – Antonio Galloni

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2014 Pinot Noir Eoin
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92
Stars: 2

While touches of toast and faintly minerally back notes afford this one a bit of personality of its own, the wine's principal achievements of concentration, fruity depth and incisive varietal focus clearly place it in the DuMOL family. It is, as are its mates, a full and fleshy Pinot with richness to spare, and it will never be accused of being shy or retiring, but neither is it at all overdone in any way and it is remarkably well-composed for the ample wine that it is. It joins its companions in promising plenty with age, and, as good as it is now, it will be that much better when it reaches its eighth anniversary.

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Wine Spectator
91

"Leans on a crutch of cedary, toasty oak, but the core of juicy berry, floral and anise flavors is spot-on. Well-focused, balanced and ready for a short stay in the cellar. Drink now through 2022. 91 points." –JL

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
90

“The 2014 Eoin is a wild, powerful wine. The inclusion of 33% whole clusters gives the wine its distinctive savory profile. Red cherry, scorched earth, tobacco, game and smoke give the wine its decidedly dark, brooding personality. 90 points.” – Antonio Galloni

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2014 Pinot Noir Ryan
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90

"It is impossible to find fault with any of the 2014 DuMOL Pinots and the differences between them are small. This particular wine may win a little less favor now for its slight lack of polish and poise when compared to its mates, but, these minor caveats noted, it is a deep and well-filled working that needs but a bit of bottle time before finding the refinement and coherence that patience is bound to bring. Its endorsement comes with no need to invoke the benefit of doubt because we have no doubts about where it is headed and, if a couple of years are sure to make a positive difference, another half-dozen should do so even more."

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Wine Spectator
92

Begins with a surge of vibrant, racy wild berry, cherry and blueberry flavors, made lively by gripping tannins and refreshing acidity. Tightens on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2024. -James Laube

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The Wine Advocate
95

“The medium to full-bodied palate is build like a brick house with a solid frame of grainy tannins and lively acid holding the muscular fruit together beautifully, and texturing the long, earthy finish. 95 points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
93+

“The 2014 Ryan comes across as quite understated today. Floral and savory notes are nicely pushed forward, while the fruit seems a bit attenuated and in the background. The 2014 needs time to unwind, as the elements aren’t fully put together today. Pipe tobacco, herb, dried flower notes and crushed rose petals are some of the many nuances that meld into the finish. 93+ points.” – Antonio Galloni

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2014 Pinot Noir Estate
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
94

Fully ripened and abundantly fruity with a swath of sweet oak adding to its considerable and ongoing richness, DuMOL's Estate Vineyard bottling turns up the volume and is by a small measure the fullest and deepest of the winery's seven new Pinots. While a mouthfilling wine that will need pairing with appropriately rich foods, it is not at all heavy footed or sluggish, and, if needing a few years to develop a bit of come-hither grace, it displays good overall balance and with a turn of back-palate tannins affording the structural grip to suggest that its very best lies at least five or six years in the future.

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The Wine Advocate
93

“Offers a youthfully muted nose of red currants and warm cranberries with touches of red roses, bay leaves, chargrill and cinnamon stick. The palate offers lovely purity and richness, with a medium to full-body and good support from chewy tannins, finishing long and lively. 93 points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
95

“The 2014 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard is deep, fleshy and inviting. Blood orange, pomegranate, succulent red cherry, mint and white pepper overtones give the 2014 its aromatic lift and palate presence. A silky, polished, mid-weight wine, the 2014 speaks to finesse above all else. 95 points.” – Antonio Galloni

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2014 Pinot Noir Finn
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
94
Stars: 2

"Here, again, is a Pinot of considerable substance and size whose deep and defined fruit preempts pushy ripeness, and, just as is the case with its similarly well-stuffed mates, it is both very rich and still years away from finding its fullest voice. It has all of the pieces in place to age exceptionally well but needs time for them to fully integrate, and we have absolutely no doubts whatsoever that it will start to display more layered richness and tactile polish some three or four years hence and is a sure bet to improve for at least twice as long. Its virtues are obvious now, but it will be a shame to see it drunk up to early."

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Wine Spectator
93

"Beautifully proportioned, with acidity, tannins and rich, juicy wild berry flavors working together. This baby needs time before it can run, but the signs are all there. A laser beam of a Pinot. Drink now through 2024." - James Laube

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The Wine Advocate
97

“Medium to full-bodied with plenty of opulent fruit on offer, it has a seamless backbone of very fine tannins and gorgeous freshness, finishing long and minerally. 97 points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
96

“Once again, the 2014 Finn is the star. Silky, perfumed and boisterous, but with striking underlying salinity, the Finn is wonderfully complete. Unlike so many other Russian River Pinots, the Finn has exceptional tension and minerality that shape the wine and bring all of the elements together. 96 points.” – Antonio Galloni

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Chardonnay

2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92
Stars: 2

"This serious, nicely composed opus impressed in all of the ways that very good Chardonnay can, and it hits the right marks from its concentration and keen focus to its exemplary balance and vitality. It teams deep, optimally ripened fruit with just the right amount of sweet, ever so slightly toasty oak, and, while always quite rich, it is wonderfully lively and dynamic from beginning to end. There is so much going on that it is fascinating right now, but this is one that will prove just how well fine Chardonnay can age, and we see it improving for at least four or five years and holding for a good many more."

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Wine Spectator
90

"Zeros in on a tight beam of green apple, citrus, pear and quince flavors, framed by tight, smoky, toasty oak. Packed with flavor without becoming overstuffed."

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The Wine Advocate
92

“This wine has a classic baked apricots and apple pie laced nose with nuances of roasted nuts and buttered toast. Medium to full-bodied and richly fruited, it has a seductive touch of oiliness to the texture and great vitality, finishing a little spicy. 92 points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
92

“This is a gorgeous appellation-level wine. Apricot, chamomile, white flowers, honey and orange peel flesh out in the glass. Creamy, open-knit and expressive, the 2014 is an absolutely winner, especially at this level. Attractive saline notes underpin the finish. 92 points.” – Antonio Galloni

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2014 Chardonnay Clare
Wine Spectator
90

"Highlighted by subtle white peach, nectarine and tangerine notes that are fresh and juicy, leading to a lively interplay of understated flavors. Ends clean and refreshing. Drink now through 2021. 90 points." –JL

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The Wine Advocate
95

“This wine has a white peach, preserved lemons and yuzu-scented nose with underlying touches of cedar, buttered toast and shaved almonds. The palate is bold and intensely fruited with a pleasant oiliness, yes it is medium-bodied, finishing long with lovely purity. 95 points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
94

“The 2014 Clare Chardonnay is gorgeous, but it is also tightly wound and reticent. Smoke, slate, graphite, earthiness and dried herbs wrap around a core of orchard fruit. This is a decidedly virile, powerful style, but all the elements are very nicely balanced. 94 points.” – Antonio Galloni

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2014 Chardonnay Isobel
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91

Immediately impressing as being the brightest and zestiest of the DuMOL bunch, this year's Isobel is a deep, yet somewhat unevolved and relatively nervy Chardonnay whose youth is obvious. It is solidly fruited and conveys a fine sense of richness albeit a little tight-fisted at this point, and it is not just a wine that will age extremely well, it is one that is best left in the cellar for the time being and absolutely mandates another few years of waiting.

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The Wine Advocate
94

“This wine has a very earthy/savory nose with notes of fallen leaves and moss over a core of lemon curd and grapefruit peel. The medium-bodied palate has a wonderful intensity of citrus and earthy flavors supported by lively acidity, finishing long with an herbal lift. 94 points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
94

“The 2014 Isobel has come together beautifully. There is lovely focus and precision here, especially for this site, which can tend towards the more opulent side of things. Medium in body and gracious, the 2014 possesses lovely aromatic presence and terrific balance, all in a delicate, understated style that offers tons of near and medium term appeal. 94 points.” – Antonio Galloni

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2014 Chardonnay Estate
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90

While sharing a sense of careful crafting and fruity precision, each of the new DuMOL Chardonnays shows a distinct personality of their own, and this nicely balanced bottling eschews drama and boisterous ambition and takes a slightly more restrained stance. It is not quite as rich as the winery's Chloe rendition nor as brisk and vibrant as the Isobel, and it steadily stays on message without being too little or too much. Like its mates, it is a Chardonnay that will repay patience, and its very appealing combination of pertness and polish has us thinking about laying a few bottles away for two or three years.

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The Wine Advocate
96+

“Medium-bodied with a silken texture and wonderful intensity of yeasty/savory flavors, it has a great frame of freshness and epic length. A beautiful, truly elegant style. 96+ points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
94

“As always, the 2014 Chardonnay Estate Vineyard is one of the most phenolic, powerful wines in the range. This high density site produces powerful Chardonnays largely because of less direct sunlight that hits the fruit. Savory herbs, graphite, lemon confit and baked apple are some of the signatures, but, above all else, the Estate is a wine of tension, explosive energy and pure breadth. 94 points.” – Antonio Galloni

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2014 Chardonnay Chloe
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92

Creamy oak, fairly deep, ripe apple fruit and subtle notes of both blossoms and minerals combine in a particularly well-joined mix of parts to make for an enticing and genuinely complex aromatic introduction, and the wine does not disappoint on the palate with nicely composed, fairly intricate flavors that follow suit. It is moderately full-bodied but shows a fine sense of youthful energy from front to back and ends with a bright, wonderfully sustained finish. Although it is a compelling Chardonnay even now, it is one that is sure to repay a couple of years of restraint.

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The Wine Advocate
95

“This wine gives expressive guava, pink grapefruit and pineapple notes with touches of candied ginger, praline and brioche. Medium to full-bodied with a beautifully oily texture and packed with tropical fruit flavors, it finishes long and toasty. 95 points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
95+

“A wine of energy, tension and breadth, the 2014 has it all. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and peach infuse a deeply expressive, voluptuous Chardonnay that will drink well for at least a handful of years, although the explosive finish suggests a year or two in bottle is not a bad thing. 95+ points.” – Antonio Galloni

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Syrah

2014 Russian River Syrah
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91
Stars: 2

"Insistently and very confidently fixed on lightly spicy, ripe berry fruit and doing a deft balancing act between refinement and richness that allows a good deal of both, this very well-structured wine may be a bit constrained by its youth, yet it shows plenty of substance and depth. It is sustained in its keen varietal focus and comes with great promise for aging, and, if neither overly tannic nor too coarse to appreciate in its youth, it is a Syrah to hold for at least four or five years."

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Wine Spectator
94

"Plush, rich and impeccably structured, with floral blueberry and raspberry aromas accented by smoked pepper and complex, expressive flavors that combine mineral-tinged tannins with plump fruit. Best from 2018 through 2030."

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2014 Syrah Eddie’s Patch
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92

DuMOL is hitting on all cylinders these days, and this Syrah, often a CGCW favorite, also rushes to the very top of the category with its smoky, meaty varietal adjuncts and its clear, keenly focused blackberry fruit aromas supported by a fair dollop of toasty oak. Taking advantage of a minerally streak, the wine gains complexity and longevity through flavors that are at once high in volume and concentration yet are still somewhat tight and loaded with promise for great growth as its tannins round out.

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Wine Spectator
92

"Rich, plump and full of personality, with blackberry cobbler, pepper and crushed rock aromas and well-structured smoky plum and licorice flavors that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2027. 92 points." –TF

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The Wine Advocate
92

“The palate reveals an alluring earthy/savory character, complimenting the wonderfully pure black berry characters, with chewy tannins and lovely harmony, finishing long. 92 points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
92

“Graphite, smoke, game, lavender, licorice and violet give the 2014 Syrah Eddie’s Patch its intense, dark personality. Brooding and massively tannic, the 2014 is going to need at least a few years to come into its own. 92 points.” – Antonio Galloni

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2014 Syrah Jack Robert’s Run
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
94

No one is ever going to think of this wine as the little brother as it is anything but a smaller version of its marginally pricier Eddie's Patch sibling, and it could be argued that this one is the deeper, more muscular of the two. For sure, it is no shrinking violet with its concentrated blackberry fruit and roast beefy Syrah trimmings. It offers a somewhat more direct statement at this point and surely needs cellaring, but it is a wine of real accomplishment and deserves serious attention to go along with the five to ten years of development that lies ahead.

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Wine Spectator
92

"Rich and structured, with lovely aromas of black raspberry and violet and complex flavors of smoky blackberry, crushed stone and anise that build toward well-framed tannins. Best from 2018 through 2028. 92 points." –TF

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The Wine Advocate
92

“The palate reveals an alluring earthy/savory character, complimenting the wonderfully pure black berry characters, with chewy tannins and lovely harmony, finishing long. 92 points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
95

“The 2014 Jack Robert’s Run is powerful, dense and explosive. The 50% whole clusters add striking aromatic top notes to a core of red cherry jam, rose petal and wild flowers. Soft, open-knit and beautifully layered through, the 2014 possesses exceptional balance and class through and through. 95 points.” – Antonio Galloni

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Viognier

2014 Viognier Lia
The Wine Advocate
92

“Delivering a very pretty peach blossom, poached pear and honeysuckle-laced nose, this wine offers concentrated stone fruit and baking spice flavors with a licely backbone and silken texture, finishing long with some yeastiness coming through. 92 points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Connoisseurs' Guide To California Wine
93
Stars: 2 Puffs: 2

“Once again, DuMOL has delivered a fine example of Viognier’s complex potential. It started off with reined in, not-yet-developed fruity notes of crisp apples, ripe and still ripening
peaches, a hint of minerality that adds to the wine’s sturdiness and an enriching hardwood layer that adds a note of richness without diminishing the central role of fruit at the wine’s heart. 93 points.”

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Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
The Wine Advocate
95+

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is incredibly lifted and perfumed with notes of violets and roses over a core of crushed red and black currants, blackberries and cigar box. The palate offers great depth with layers of vibrant black and red berry flavors and wonderfully ripe, grainy tannins to support, finishing long and lively. 95+ points.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
95

“A wine of sublime aromatic intensity and sensuality, the 2014 is absolutely brilliant. Bright red cherry, plum, tobacco, white pepper and a host of savory notes give the 2013 its super classic profile and structural feel. 95 points.” – Antonio Galloni

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2014 Montecillo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
The Wine Advocate
92

“Deep garnet-purple colored, this wine offers a gorgeous nose of crème de cassis, dark chocolate and cloves over hints of menthol, pencil shavings and game. Medium-bodied and packed with firmly textured, muscular fruit, it has a lot of energy and depth with a long, minerally finish. 92 points.” –
Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
96

“This Cabernet, from one of the most pedigreed sites in northern California, is a total knockout. A classically built, old-school leaning wine, the Montecillo possesses dazzling aromatic presence, beams of mountain tannin and exceptional overall balance. 96 points.” – Antonio Galloni

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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
93
Stars: 2 Puffs: 2

“Easily among the finest Cabernets to have come from this particular Sonoma County appellation. This wine offers ample proof that richness and restraint need not be mutually exclusive. It is slightly fleshy and wonderfully supple in feel with building, long-lasting flavors and great tactile length. It makes up in polish for what it may lack in sheer drama, and its commendable balance and fine fit of pieces auger well for a lengthy life ahead. 93 points.”

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2013

Pinot Noir

2013 Pinot Noir Ryan
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
93

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.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
92

This wine displays greater ripeness and richness, with some notes of fresh mushrooms intermixed with black currant and black cherry. It is the ripest and most concentrated of the Pinot Noirs and long.

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2013 Pinot Noir Finn
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
92

This wine shows some notes of sassafras, black and red currants, cherries, loamy soil notes and underbrush. It is a dark ruby/plum-colored, medium to full-bodied, and again, relatively concentrated like the Ryan.

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2013 Pinot Noir Estate
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
92+

The 2013 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard feels especially ripe and powerful in this vintage. There is a real feeling of density and power in the blue and purplish-hued fruit. This is the darkest and richest of these 2013 Pinots, although winemaker Andy Smith adds that this is the lowest alcohol of the 2013 Pinots. That is why wine is rarely about numbers alone.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
91+

The 2013 Pinot Noir Estate is 100% DuMOL estate fruit from high-density plantings, 80% from the Calera selection and 20% from the Swan. The most backward and tannic of the 2013 Pinot Noirs, it has a dark ruby/plum color and notes of forest floor, black currants, cherries, and underbrush. It is spicy, earthy, and best drunk after another two years of bottle age.

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2013 Pinot Noir Connor
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
92

DuMOL's 2013 Pinot Noir Connor Joy Road Vineyard is deep, fleshy and expressive, with plenty of succulent fruit that gives so much of its characteristic immediacy. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, spices and wild flowers meld into the juicy finish laced with attractive rose petal and floral overtones.

Wine Spectator
90

Clean, fresh and deftly balanced, exhibiting lively, snappy wild berry, cherry and raspberry flavors at the core, with fine-grained, mineral-laced tannins and a mouthwatering aftertaste. Drink now through 2019.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
88

This wine offers good, tart acids and a hint of Chinese black tea. It is medium-bodied, high-tones, with good, pure sweet and sour cherry fruit and some loamy notes along with underbrush.

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2013 Pinot Noir Aidan
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
92

The 2013 Pinot Noir Aidan Wildrose Vineyard is another plump, juicy wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring, although it clearly has the potential to improve in bottle. Dark red and blue-fleshed fruits, smoke, spice, new leather and violets are some of the signatures.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
89

Dark ruby in color, with notes of sassafras, licorice and black cherries, the 2013 Pinot Noir Aidan comes from Dijon clones 115 and 777, 100% from the Sonoma Coast terroir called Wildrose.

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2013 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
91

The 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) is a wonderful introduction to the vintage. Plump, juicy and forward, but with good underlying energy, the 2013 is impeccably balanced from start to finish. Dark red cherry, blueberry, spice, new leather and menthol are pushed forward in an impeccable appellation-level wine to drink now and over the next handful of years.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
89

The wine displays sweet and sour cherries, a seductive, meaty herbaceousness and roundness, lush tannin and good depth of fruit and finish.

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Viognier

2013 Viognier Lia
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
92

The 2013 Viognier Lia is striking. Varietal aromatics comes through beautifully, but this is a dense, textured Viognier built on layered fruit, salinity and persistence. The malolactic fermentation is blocked, but there is no shortage of texture or resonance on the palate. Drink this vivid, crystalline Viognier over the next few years

Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
94

DuMOL has done it again, this time with a Viognier that will find few challengers for top honors. It leads with a very rich, slightly toasty nose of vanilla, wildflowers and ripe peaches, and if at first seemingly less than expansively fruited in aroma, the wine succeeds handsomely in the mouth where its richness and range are backed up by a wealth of ripe, wonderfully continuous fruit, and it deftly combines all of its majestic parts into a decidedly accomplished package.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
94

It is a wine of great fragrance, exhibiting notes of apricot jam, honeysuckle, wet stones and some tropical fruit. It is fresh, medium to full-bodied, with crisp acidity and a long finish.

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Syrah

2013 Syrah Jack Robert’s Run
Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
91

Although teasing with plenty of very rich oak and fit with a full serving of insistent, lightly
peppery, ripe berry fruit, this bottling follows the lead of its mates in showing its youth and quickly tightening up after a tantalizingly rich start. While it is presently cut short by tannin, it is never worrisomely abrasive,and, given the four to six years of age that its structure commends, it will bloom into an expressive, first rate Syrah.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous
94

The 2013 Syrah Jack Robert's Run Gregori Vineyard has put on considerable weight and acquired gravitas over the last year. Tannic and imposing, the Jack Robert's Run shows the more savory, structured side of Syrah. Dark blue and black-fleshed fruits, smoke and lavender find support in beams of salinity that give the wine much of its energy. A closing flourish of floral and savory notes rounds things out in style. The only thing the 2013 needs is time. This is yet another superb and delicious wine from the team at DuMOL.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
92+

The 2013 Syrah Jack Robert's Run offers floral blueberry and blackberry fruit, a structured, tannic mouthfeel, high-toned red, blue and black fruits, and an earthy finish infused with licorice and meaty notes.

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2013 Syrah Eddie’s Patch
Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
94

There is no mistaking the family resemblance among the three DuMOL siblings even if this one
is a touch softer and presently not quite as tight as it’s mates. It momentarily recalls Pinot Noir by virtue of it’s supple, ever so slightly velvety feel, but it’s fruit, its spice and its slightly grippy tannins confirm it’s true varietal origins. While sufficiently firm to commend a few years of age, it never once strays to coarseness, and its fruity stamina is the sign of a Syrah very much built for keeping.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous
95

The 2013 Syrah Eddie's Patch Hoppe-Kelly Vineyard is the last wine made from this site before the vines were taken out in preparation for replanting. The Eddie's Patch is marked by a more voluptuous, fruit-driven personality than is found in the Jack Robert's Run. Mocha, dark chocolate, spice, plum and black cherry flesh out on the wine's generous mid-palate. This dramatic, vivid Syrah will drink well pretty much right out of the gate, although it clearly has the potential to develop nicely in bottle for a number of years.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
93

The 2013 Syrah Eddie's Patch comes from volcanic red soils and shows tightly knit blueberry and blackberry fruit with some camphor, charcoal and barbecue notes. It is highly extracted, intense, full-bodied and rich.

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Wine Spectator
90

Dense and appealingly rustic, with floral blueberry and crushed rock aromas and complex flavors of blackberry, licorice and smoky cracked pepper. Finishes with firm tannins. Needs time. Best from 2018 through 2022.

2013 Syrah Russian River Valley
Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
92

Led in the nose by a well-measured mix of mildly gamey spice, juicy, optimally ripe berries and fancy oak, this nicely composed Syrah is polished and pure in its fruit but never lacks for varietal authority. Its deep and very well-focused flavors tend to tighten after a deceptively open start, yet any limits that the wine seems to have are entirely the result of its youth, and there is no doubt at all about its long-term potential. We urge that it be set aside for no fewer than five years and anticipate continuing growth for another five or more after that.

Wine Spectator
92

Focused and savory, combining subtle power and finesse. Floral blueberry and tar aromas lead to complex flavors of smoky raspberry, cracked pepper beef and licorice. Drink now through 2022.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
92

The 2013 Syrah Russian River is fermented with about 30% whole clusters and displays notes of bacon fat, charcuterie, ground pepper, blackberry and cassis. A lovely, supple lushness and good purity make for a long, heady, rich Syrah to drink over the next 7-8 years.

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Chardonnay

2013 Chardonnay Isobel
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
93

The 2013 Chardonnay Isobel Charles Heintz Vineyard is another soft, supple Chardonnay from DuMol. A wine of real pedigree, the Isobel graces the palate with exquisite finesse. Yellow orchard fruit, slate, smoke, apricot pit and spice notes are all laced together. The 2013 is delicate and nuanced from start to finish, although my sense is that the wine has not fully recovered from bottling, as the vineyard signatures aren't fully expressive yet. The classic Heintz texture comes through nicely, though.

Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine

Sweet oak and toast break a step or two ahead of lemon- tinged, yet fairly ripe fruit in the nose and assume a similarly salient role in the ensuing flavors of this weighty, glycerin- fattened effort, and, while not lacking for richness, the wine is not as vigorously fruity as the best DuMOL bottlings. Its lingering finish takes on a spicy, slightly hardwoody edge, and service with richer foods, rather than lighter, is what it wants.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
94+

Absolutely sensational, the 2013 Chardonnay Isobel comes exclusively from the 32year-old vines of the Charles Heintz Vineyard...It exhibits great acidity, a full-bodied, honeyed texture, superb purity, and a tightly coiled, crisp, zesty finish.

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2013 Chardonnay Estate
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
94

The 2013 Chardonnay Estate Vineyard is an intense, powerful wine, but all of that energy is presently directed inward. Today, the 2013 is quite closed and unexpressive. Readers will need to be patient, as this tightly-coiled wine needs time in bottle. The Estate is the most explosive of the DuMol Chardonnays.

Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
92

Slightly brighter and just a bit lighter than the rest of its mates but a wonderfully complete and energetic young wine that is layered and lively with a lovely fit of fresh apple fruit and enticing cre?me bru?le?e extras running its length, DuMOL's estate bottling is a deft demonstration of the fact that vitality and richness are far from being mutually exclusive. It is not a big wine, but it is long on flavor and range, and, if its certain prettiness affords it plenty of short- term appeal, it is balanced to keep and will show added complexity with age.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
92

Terrific lemon oil, white peach, currant, quince and orange blossom are all present in this complex, citrusy, full-bodied Chardonnay that is built for aging 10-15 years.

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2013 Chardonnay Clare
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
93+

The 2013 Chardonnay Clare Hyde Vineyard has a real sense of phenolic intensity and salivating energy that balances the depth of the fruit. This is another wine that readers will need to cellar in order to experience the full range of Hyde. Smoke, slate, apricot pit and dried herbs are some of nuances meld into the finish.

Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
95

DuMOL's tour de force 2013 "clare" bottling is sourced from the highly regarded Hyde Vineyard in Carneros and stands with the finest Chardonnays of the vintage. It is both weighty and full without once seeming top heavy, and, if built on a slightly bigger last, it is exceptionally well-structured. Its effusive, many-layered display of ripe apples, sweet lemons and creamy, wholly complementary oak is immediately striking, yet it reveals more and more with a bit of time in the glass, and its terrific sense of balance and fruity drive is that of a wine that is years away from reaching its best.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
95

This wine displays more buttery brioche notes, hints of tangerine oil and lemon blossom, a subtle, discreet use of oak, loamy soil undertones, and a full-bodied, almost premier cru Meursault-like white Burgundy personality.

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2013 Chardonnay Chloe
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
95

The 2013 Chardonnay Chloe Ritchie-Lorenzo is one of the most expressive wines in this lineup today. Open-knit aromatics meld into a core of apricot jam, almonds, chamomile and white flowers. Succulent and creamy throughout, the 2013 has a real sense of old-vine gravitas and overall intensity. The Chloe was so unexpressive last year. Today, it is stellar.

Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
88

A bit of an outlier insofar as it is a touch lighter with a blossomy aspect to its slightly restrained fruit, the 2013 "chloe" hints mildly at candy even as it teases with touches of lees and sweet toast. It is buoyed by evident acid and tends to tightness as it crosses the palate with an inkling of minerals emerging in its firm, not-quite-expansive finish.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
96

Good acidity buttresses a releatively full-throttle, big, rich, honeyed wine, with plenty of apple blossom, orange marmalade, and pineapple notes. There is some underlying minerality as well.

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2013 Chardonnay Russian River Valley
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
90

The 2013 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) is soft and understated, with lovely depth, texture and resonance. Already quite expressive, the 2013 can be enjoyed today or cellared for at least a handful of years. Orchard fruit, white flowers and mint are all given an extra kick of brightness by the acidity of the vintage.

Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
91

Neatly matched elements of Meyer lemons, ripe apples, cre?me caramel and toast are teamed in the rich, well-composed aromas and iterated again in the deep and very complete flavors of this wonderfully expressive Chardonnay. The wine is at once slightly viscous, fairly mouthfilling and very energetic, and, while never impressing as a powerhouse, its potent but polished flavors last and last. It will make ideal drinking with salmon in sauce, and it has more than enough weight and richness to complement pan-roasted duck breasts.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
91

The wine displays beautiful honeysuckle and notes of orange blossom in a fruit-forward, medium to full-bodied style.

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2012

Chardonnay

2012 Chardonnay Clare
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
95

Intense, wonderfully concentrated and bursting with youthful vitality, this benchmark bottling sourced from the Hyde Vineyard hits all the right marks. It is long on deep, incisively focused fruit that is matched step for step by beautifully proportioned oak, and it has the impeccable structure and balance of a Chardonnay that is destined to improve for years. It is, in fact, a wine that is simply too young for drinking anytime soon, and we strongly urge those who are fortunate enough to find a bottle or two to exercise patience and set it aside for at least two or three years. It will not disappoint.

Robert M Parker Jr.
96

Made from 19-year-old vines planted in the Hyde Vineyard as well as the Hyde selection of the Old Wente clone, the 2012 Chardonnay Clare is a small cuve_e of 630 cases that saw 52% new French oak. It exhibits a light straw color with a greenish hue along with notes of cre_me bru_le_e, caramelized citrus, mango and pineapple, good underlying acidity, and a broad, intense, thick style. Drink it over the next decade. As I have written in the past, this is a beautiful partnership between owner Kerry Murphy and the brilliant winemaker Andy Smith. Approaching its 20th anniversary, the breadth of high-quality, complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a Viognier and Syrahs they have consistently produced is stunning.

2012 Chardonnay Russian River Valley
Robert M Parker Jr.
92

The 2012 Chardonnay Russian River (4,360 cases) was aged on its lees in one- third new French oak for 11 months and underwent full malolactic fermentation. A six-vineyard blend, it is composed primarily of the Old Wente clone as well as Mt. Eden and a handful of others. Nearly 50% comes from the Dutton Vineyard and the rest from the Heintz, DuMOL Estate, Lorenzo, Ritchie and a few others. Like most of the DuMOL Chardonnays, it reveals a greenish hue to its color as well as attractive aromas of orange blossom, delicate pineapple, wet pebbles and fresh acids in its medium to full-bodied, surprisingly concentrated, heady personality. This big-time winner should age nicely for 7-8 years. As I have written in the past, this is a beautiful partnership between owner Kerry Murphy and the brilliant winemaker Andy Smith. Approaching its 20th anniversary, the breadth of high- quality, complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a Viognier and Syrahs they have consistently produced is stunning.

2012 Chardonnay Chloe
Robert M Parker Jr.
96

There are 1,020 cases of the 2012 Chardonnay Chloe (14.2% natural alcohol) which is sourced from the Ritchie Vineyard and represents the oldest vines, having been planted in 1972. It sees about 45% new French oak but you would never know that based on the sensational richness, texture and flavor profiles where the oak plays a minor role. Copious notes of white peach, apricot marmalade, honeysuckle, brioche and subtle hazelnuts jump from the glass of this beauty. Good acidity buttresses the wine?s broad, powerful mouthfeel, providing freshness as well as delineation. It should drink well for a decade or more. As I have written in the past, this is a beautiful partnership between owner Kerry Murphy and the brilliant winemaker Andy Smith. Approaching its 20th anniversary, the breadth of high-quality, complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a Viognier and Syrahs they have consistently produced is stunning.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92

Yet another outstanding effort in DuMOL's 2012 Chardonnay portfolio, this time from the storied Kent Ritchie Vineyard, the "chloe" is a precise, keenly focused working that impresses for both its richness and its great energy. It is firm, full-bodied and exceptionally well-balanced with a light trim of toast to its very pure fruit, and, while deep and expressive, it is still on the tight side in structure. It is a wine that deserves a special place in the cellars, and it is certain to make converts of those skeptics who doubt Chardonnay's potential to age.

2012 Chardonnay Estate
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90

Rich and refined if a little tight and held back in fruit in the nose, DuMOL' s estate bottling is fleshy and firm and built with an eye to the future more than a wine that invites drinking in its youth. Its compact, well-extracted flavors lack for nothing in the way of ripeness, rich oak or fruity depth, but they do run afoul of slight finishing coarseness and heat just now and promise to be much improved with a year or two of aging.

Robert M Parker Jr.
95

The brilliant 2012 Chardonnay Estate (740 cases) also spent 13 months in barrel (40% new) and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. In 2012, the Estate Vineyard was 7 years of age, and is planted with the Old Wente selection known as the Hyde clone as well as some of the Mt. Eden selection from that iconic winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Elegant as well as powerful, this beautiful Chardonnay exhibits notes of lemon custard, spring flowers, citrus blossoms, orange marmalade, melons and white peaches. The acidity is crisp and well-integrated, and the overall impression is one of beautiful, full-bodied, aromatic and persistent richness. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years. As I have written in the past, this is a beautiful partnership between owner Kerry Murphy and the brilliant winemaker Andy Smith. Approaching its 20th anniversary, the breadth of high-quality, complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a Viognier and Syrahs they have consistently produced is stunning.

2012 Chardonnay Isobel
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
NA

Very much showing the brisk, mineral-tinged fruit and the slight inner tightness that its cool provenance predicts, this effort from the Charles Heintz Vineyard is again a Chardonnay whose best lies ahead. It juxtaposes a good deal of rich oak against themes of citrus and green apples, and, while sure to improve, it ends with a slight rise in heat that calls into question its chances of finding beauty and grace as it unfolds.

Robert M Parker Jr.
94

The 2012 Chardonnay Isobel (980 cases) comes from 31-year-old vines planted in the Charles Heintz Vineyard, and spent 13 months in 39% new oak. It offers classic notes of tangerine oil, apple blossoms, caramelized citrus and a wet stone minerality. Full- bodied with terrific fruit purity and a subtle hint of oak, it should drink well for 7-8 years. The clonal material is California clone 4. As I have written in the past, this is a beautiful partnership between owner Kerry Murphy and the brilliant winemaker Andy Smith. Approaching its 20th anniversary, the breadth of high-quality, complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a Viognier and Syrahs they have consistently produced is stunning.

Pinot Noir

2012 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Robert M Parker Jr.
92

The 2012 Pinot Noir Russian River, which comes from 7 different vineyards and multiple clones, is the largest cuve_e, 4,775 cases. Notes of forest floor, wild strawberries, sweet raspberries and cherries notes in addition to roasted meats and herbs are all present in this gorgeous, perfumed, medium to full-bodied, silky textured, pure Pinot Noir. This big- time winner stands up to the single-vineyard bottlings. Drink it over the next decade or more. As I have written in the past, this is a beautiful partnership between owner Kerry Murphy and the brilliant winemaker Andy Smith. Approaching its 20th anniversary, the breadth of high-quality, complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a Viognier and Syrahs they have consistently produced is stunning. The Pinot Noirs generally spend between 11 and 13 months on their fine lees in various percentages of new oak, ranging from a low of 40% for the Russian River cuve_e to as high as 58% for the Ryan. The fruit is typically destemmed, although in certain vineyards and vintages, partial whole cluster fermentation is employed. These are all brilliant wines with a Co_te de Nuits-like earthy/forest floor character dominating plum, sassafras and berry flavors. The alcohol levels tend to be between 14.2% and 14.5%. DuMOL fashions three noteworthy Syrahs which probably receive less attention than they should because of the winery?s high visibility and credibility for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Prices may appear high, but when you consider that Burgundy wines of a similar quality sell for nearly twice as much, the prices are obviously more attractive. According to Andy Smith, 2012 was one of DuMOL?s greatest vintages, and after tasting the wines, I agree. My instincts continue to suggest that this winery is still under consumer?s radar. I find it difficult to understand why that should be given the spectacular quality that has emerged from DuMOL for over a decade.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91

If not especially outgoing to start and, in fact, taking a bit of time to evolve in the nose, this impressive young Pinot nevertheless smacks of seriousness from the first. It is concentrated and still fairly reserved with the tighter aspects of a wine not quite ready for prime time, but all of its many parts are seamlessly fit, and its finish is remarkably long and sustained. Its careful construction and depth ensure great things to come, but time in the bottle is an absolute must, and pouring it before its fifth or sixth birthday would be a shame.

Wine Spectator
91

A tight, seductive style, with subtle jazzy oak notes woven into the ripe plum and blueberry
flavors. The tannins close in on the finish. Drink now through 2021. —J.L.

2012 Pinot Noir Estate
Robert M Parker Jr.
97

The 2012 Pinot Noir Estate is made from three clones _ the Calera, Joseph Swan and clone 943. A fragrant perfume of black and blue fruits, tree bark, truffles, roasted herbs and subtle charcoal embers emerges from this broodingly rich, intense, full-bodied, concentrated yet still youthful Pinot Noir. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Only 890 cases were produced. As I have written in the past, this is a beautiful partnership between owner Kerry Murphy and the brilliant winemaker Andy Smith. Approaching its 20th anniversary, the breadth of high-quality, complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a Viognier and Syrahs they have consistently produced is stunning. The Pinot Noirs generally spend between 11 and 13 months on their fine lees in various percentages of new oak, ranging from a low of 40% for the Russian River cuve_e to as high as 58% for the Ryan. The fruit is typically destemmed, although in certain vineyards and vintages, partial whole cluster fermentation is employed. These are all brilliant wines with a Co_te de Nuits-like earthy/forest floor character dominating plum, sassafras and berry flavors. The alcohol levels tend to be between 14.2% and 14.5%.

2012 Pinot Noir Finn
Robert M Parker Jr.
98

The prodigious 2012 Pinot Noir Finn (446 cases) is a blend of fruit from their Estate Vineyard (55%) and the Occidental Road Vineyard (45%). It is fashioned from a selection of different clones and sees about 45% new French oak. Underbrush, cigar tobacco, blackberries, black cherries, plums and sassafras notes interwoven with Asian spices, damp earth and truffle are present in this super-complex, full- bodied, opulent Pinot Noir. The largest scaled, most structured and densest of the DuMOL 2012 Pinots, this beauty will be even better after several years of bottle age, and should keep for 15+ years.

2012 Pinot Noir Ryan
Robert M Parker Jr.
96

Made from the Martini selection of Pinot Noir, there are 1,002 cases of the 2012 Pinot Noir Ryan, which comes entirely from the Widdoes Vineyard. Burgundian-like notes of raspberries, blueberries, sassafras, cola, tobacco leaf and barbecued meats are followed by a rich, full-bodied, multidimensional, big, earthy, savory Pinot Noir. Enjoy it over the next decade. As I have written in the past, this is a beautiful partnership between owner Kerry Murphy and the brilliant winemaker Andy Smith. Approaching its 20th anniversary, the breadth of high-quality, complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a Viognier and Syrahs they have consistently produced is stunning. The Pinot Noirs generally spend between 11 and 13 months on their fine lees in various percentages of new oak, ranging from a low of 40% for the Russian River cuve_e to as high as 58% for the Ryan. The fruit is typically destemmed, although in certain vineyards and vintages, partial whole cluster fermentation is employed. These are all brilliant wines with a Co_te de Nuits-like earthy/forest floor character dominating plum, sassafras and berry flavors. The alcohol levels tend to be between 14.2% and 14.5%.

2012 Pinot Noir Aidan
Robert M Parker Jr.
95

The 2012 Pinot Noir Aidan (445 cases) emerges from Dijon clones 115 and 777 planted in the cool Wild Rose Vineyard in the Russian River. This beauty reveals notes of strawberry jam, plums, blackcurrants, cherries, resiny pine forest, unsmoked cigar tobacco and a hint of cloves. Fresh, full-bodied and complex, it should drink well for a decade. As I have written in the past, this is a beautiful partnership between owner Kerry Murphy and the brilliant winemaker Andy Smith. Approaching its 20th anniversary, the breadth of high-quality, complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a Viognier and Syrahs they have consistently produced is stunning. The Pinot Noirs generally spend between 11 and 13 months on their fine lees in various percentages of new oak, ranging from a low of 40% for the Russian River cuve_e to as high as 58% for the Ryan. The fruit is typically destemmed, although in certain vineyards and vintages, partial whole cluster fermentation is employed. These are all brilliant wines with a Co_te de Nuits-like earthy/forest floor character dominating plum, sassafras and berry flavors. The alcohol levels tend to be between 14.2% and 14.5%.

2012 Pinot Noir Eoin
Robert M Parker Jr.
94

The brilliant 2012 Pinot Noir Eoin (440 cases) comes from 12-year-old Calera and Joseph Swan selections, and includes 33% whole stems. It tastes like a grand cru from Burgundy?s Morey-St.-Denis appellation. Copious notes of forest floor, earth, plums, Asian soy, raspberries, strawberries and black cherries jump from the glass of this full- bodied, rich, concentrated, stunning Pinot Noir. A smokey herbaceousness adds to the complexity of this 2012. It should drink well for another 7-12 years. As I have written in the past, this is a beautiful partnership between owner Kerry Murphy and the brilliant winemaker Andy Smith. Approaching its 20th anniversary, the breadth of high-quality, complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a Viognier and Syrahs they have consistently produced is stunning. The Pinot Noirs generally spend between 11 and 13 months on their fine lees in various percentages of new oak, ranging from a low of 40% for the Russian River cuve_e to as high as 58% for the Ryan. The fruit is typically destemmed, although in certain vineyards and vintages, partial whole cluster fermentation is employed. These are all brilliant wines with a Co_te de Nuits-like earthy/forest floor character dominating plum, sassafras and berry flavors. The alcohol levels tend to be between 14.2% and 14.5%.

Syrah

2012 Syrah Russian River Valley
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91

Deep, very generous, ripe berry fruit is the mainstay of this slightly sinewy, impressively stuffed young Syrah, and it is joined by lots of explicit, distinctly peppery spice and a few complexing accents of dried flowers in both the wine's outgoing aromas and its rich, well-sustained flavors. For all of its size and evident mass, this one shows a slightly mannerly aspect as well, and it has the fine balance and proportion that will age effortlessly and grow for another five to ten years.

2012 Syrah Eddie’s Patch
Robert M Parker Jr.
95

The 2012 Syrah Eddie?s Patch (a 410-case, 100% Syrah aged 18 months in 40% new French oak hogsheads) comes from 16-year-old Syrah vines. Aromas of bouquet garni, roasted meats, blackberries and blackcurrants soar from the glass of this blue/black-colored Syrah. Full-bodied with olive tapenade notes, sweet tannin and an expansive, multilayered mouthfeel, this fabulous Syrah should be drunk over the next 12-15+ years. As I have written in the past, this is a beautiful partnership between owner Kerry Murphy and the brilliant winemaker Andy Smith. Approaching its 20th anniversary, the breadth of high-quality, complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a Viognier and Syrahs they have consistently produced is stunning.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
93

Deep and dramatic with loads of varietal spice and a clear tilt to ripeness made manifest by its intimations of chocolate, this very rich, wide-open Syrah holds nothing back. It is fleshy and full and a little plump on entry, but it gains tannic traction as it goes and never once steers to softness, and it is charged with plenty of fruity stamina right to the end. We expect that it will round into its best shape a bit sooner than its Sonoma Coast sibling, but it still wants a few years of cellaring and should continue to please for a good many more.

2012 Syrah Jack Robert’s Run
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
95

Intensely spicy with a wealth of pepper and game tagging it as Syrah in no uncertain terms yet also wonderfully deep in ongoing blackberry-like fruit, this exquisitely structured wine manages to be big, balanced and uncommonly well-polished all at the same time. It is showy in some ways and still nascent in others, and it impresses as a wine with great places to go. It would be a shame to pour it before its fifth or sixth birthday, and it should continue to grow for at least twice as long.

Robert M Parker Jr.
94

The 2012 Syrah Jack Roberts Run (330 cases aged in one-third new French hogsheads for 18 months) boasts an opaque purple color as well as notes of charcuterie, smoked meats, roasted herbs, espresso, blackberries, graphite and Asian soy. This meaty, full-throttle Syrah hits the palate with a thunderous layer of fruit in a full-bodied manner. Enjoy this beauty over the next decade or more. As I have written in the past, this is a beautiful partnership between owner Kerry Murphy and the brilliant winemaker Andy Smith. Approaching its 20th anniversary, the breadth of high-quality, complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a Viognier and Syrahs they have consistently produced is stunning.

Viognier

2012 Viognier Lia
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91

World-class Viognier, of which this bottling is a good example, has both depth and beauty. It transcends the grape' s inherently peachy, floral simplicity and takes on complex notes of roasted nuts and hardwoods while still maintaining a lighter hand to its fruit than Chardonnay. This wine is no shrinking violet, yet it is polished, deep, balanced, supple and rich all at the same time. Its length is exemplary and its potential to improve for two to five years move it to the very head of the class and earn it a central place in our cellars.

2011

Chardonnay

2011 Chardonnay Russian River Valley
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate
92

The 2011 Chardonnay Russian River is a blend from some of the finest Sonoma vineyards, including Ritchie, Lorenzo, Hyde, DuMol and Heintz. Largely made from the Old Wente clone of Chardonnay blended with some of the Mt. Eden clone, it was barrel-fermented and aged 14 months on its lees with no lees stirring and only about 30% new French oak used. A light green/straw color is followed by terrific aromas of white peaches, pineapples, brioche, and a hint of creme brulee. Full-bodied with beautiful purity and texture, ItÕs the equal of any Chardonnay selling for twice the price. It should drink well for 5+ years.

2011 Chardonnay Chloe
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate
95

From the well-known Ritchie Vineyard, planted with 31-year-old Old Wente clones of Chardonnay, the 2011 Chardonnay Chloe is spectacular. This opulent, flamboyant Chardonnay exhibits lots of white peach, apricot marmalade, honeysuckle and caramelized citrus. Full-bodied with underlying minerality along with terrific purity, texture and sumptuousness, this gorgeous white can be enjoyed over the next 4-5 years.

2011 Chardonnay Clare
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate
95

From the Hyde Vineyard and made from an Old Wente clone that is now 19 years of age, the 2011 Chardonnay Clare reveals notes of honeyed citrus, mango and pineapple along with subtle notes of creme caramel, a greenish hue to its light straw color, and a rich, full-bodied, up-lifted mouthfeel that is never heavy or cloying. Drink this beauty over the next 4-5 years.

2011 Chardonnay Estate
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate
96

The 2011 Chardonnay DuMol Estate may be the best of all these 2011s. Made from their holdings in the cool climate Green Valley of the Russian River, this 475-case cuvee is made from the Mt. Eden, Old Wente and the Hyde clones of Chardonnay. Sixty-five percent new oak is used, and the wine spends 15 months on its lees with no batonnage. A spectacular effort, it reveals notes of unbuttered popcorn, caramelzied citrus, white peach, honeysuckle and a wet gravel-like minerality. This full-bodied, intense Chardonnay is one of the few superstars of this vintage. It should drink well for 4-5 years.

2011 Chardonnay Isobel
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate
94

From the Charles Heintz Vineyard, the 2011 Chardonnay Isobel was fashioned from 30-year-old clone 108, and spent time in 50% new French oak. It offers beautiful notes of tropical fruits, buttered citrus, wet stones and a subtle hint of oak in a full- bodied, rich, evolved, forward style that begs for consumption over the next 4-5 years.

Pinot Noir

2011 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Wine Spectator
90

Fresh floral and wild berry scents carry over to the palate, joined bynflinty mineral and pebble notes and supported by firm tannins. Endsnwith an herbal, earthy edge. Drink now through 2011. 2,334 cases made.

2011 Pinot Noir Aidan
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate
92

The 2011 Pinot Noir Aidan comes entirely from the Wild Rose Vineyard, and is made from 12-year-old Dijon clones 115 and 777. About 30% whole clusters were used by winemaker Andy Smith. This beauty exhibits abundant notes of forest floor, underbrush, black currants, dark cherries, spice box, vanillin and earth. Rich and full-bodied with low acidity as well as silky tannins, it should be consumed over the next 4-5 years.

2011 Pinot Noir Estate
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate
91

The 2011 Pinot Noir DuMOL Estate, a blend of Calera, Swan and Clone 943 that spent 15 months on its lees in 50% new French oak, is another big-time winner. Lots of wild strawberries and other berry fruits intermixed with cherry jam characteristics emerge from this medium- bodied, intense Pinot that displays the profound concentration of the top years. This is a dark, brooding, concentrated Pinot Noir to drink over the next 7-8 years

2011 Pinot Noir Finn
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate
93

A stunning effort is the 2011 Pinot Noir Finn, which comes from the DuMol Vineyard (two-thirds) and the rest from vineyards near Occidental on the Sonoma Coast. Made from multiple clones, it possesses fabulous intensity for a 2011 along with a deep plum/ruby/purple-tinged color, and a sweet perfume of boysenberries, blackberries and cherries intermixed with hints of lavender and forest floor. This beautifully textured, full-bodied, shockingly superb 2011 Pinot Noir was clearly harvested before the damaging rains began in October. Enjoy it over the next 6-8 years. -RP

2011 Pinot Noir Ryan
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate
92

The excellent, although slightly more angular, 2011 Pinot Noir Ryan is from the Widdoes Vineyard planted with a 26-year-old Martini clone of Pinot Noir. Its dark ruby/plum color is followed by a sweet kiss of sweet and sour cherries, damp earth, cola and spice. Medium to full-bodied, with a rustic, angular finish, it should be drunk over the next 3-5 years.

Syrah

2011 Syrah Russian River Valley
Wine Spectator
91

Lots of spice, pepper, fresh earth and new leather scents join ripenblueberry and blackberry flavors. Taut, focused and complex, this homesnin on its spicy attributes on the finish. Drink now through 2011. 1,176ncases made.

2011 Syrah Eddies Patch
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate
92

A brilliant wine for this vintage, the 2011 Syrah Eddie’s Patch does not quite have the concentration of the 2010 or 2012, but it is a well-made wine for this troublesome vintage. Because of the tiny crop size and severe selection process both in the vineyard and winery, production for the 2011 was much smaller than usual. The wine possesses an inky/purple color along with notes of graphite, camphor, blackberries and bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied, supple and velvety, it is currently drinking slightly better than the 2010, but it does not have the long-term potential of that vintage. Consume it now and over the next 10+ years.

2010

Chardonnay

2010 Chardonnay Chloe
Wine Spectator
91
Tanzer's IWC
94
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
92
2010 Chardonnay Clare
Wine Spectator
88
Tanzer's IWC
94
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
89
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
94
2010 Chardonnay Estate
Tanzer's IWC
93
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
94
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
93
2010 Chardonnay Isobel
Wine Spectator
90
Tanzer's IWC
92
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
94
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
92
2010 Chardonnay Russian River Valley
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90
Wine Spectator
91
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
91
Tanzer's IWC
93

Pinot Noir

2010 Pinot Noir Aidan
Wine Spectator
92
Tanzer's IWC
93
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
94
2010 Pinot Noir Eoin
Tanzer's IWC
94
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
93
2010 Pinot Noir Estate
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
88
Tanzer's IWC
94
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
94
2010 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
89
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
88
Wine Spectator
88
2010 Pinot Noir Ryan
Wine Spectator
90
Tanzer's IWC
93
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
89
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
92

Syrah

2010 Syrah Eddie’s Patch
Wine Spectator
88
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
95
Tanzer's IWC
94
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92
2010 Syrah Russian River Valley
Wine Spectator
92
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
93
Wine Spectator
92

A robust mouthful that serves up a rich, complex mix of ripe currant,nherb and tar notes, with earthy, leathery scents, that are full-blownnand gaining weight. Intense and concentrated, this needs cellaring.nBest from 2010 through 2016. 1,930 cases made.

2009

Chardonnay

2009 Chardonnay Chloe
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
94
Tancer's IWC
93
2009 Chardonnay Clare
Tancer's IWC
93
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
92
2009 Chardonnay Isobel
Tancer's IWC
92
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
95
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
92
2009 Chardonnay Russian River Valley
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90

Pinot Noir

2009 Pinot Noir Aidan
Tancer's IWC
92
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
95
2009 Pinot Noir Estate
Tancer's IWC
94
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
95
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
92
Wine Spectator
93
2009 Pinot Noir Finn
Tancer's IWC
94
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
93
2009 Pinot Noir Ryan
Tancer's IWC
93
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
92

Syrah

2009 Syrah Eddie’s Patch
Tancer's IWC
94
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
93
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
95
Wine Spectator
90
2009 Syrah Jack Robert’s Run
Tancer's IWC
93
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
95
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
94
Wine Spectator
91
2009 Syrah Russian River Valley
Wine Spectator
90
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
95

Viognier

2009 Viognier Lia
Tancer's IWC
92
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
90

2008

Chardonnay

2008 Chardonnay Russian River Valley
Robert M Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
90-92

The 2008 Chardonnay Russian River (4,500 cases) possesses powerful tropical fruit notes intermixed with notions of buttered brioche, smoky hazelnuts, quince, and wet stones. It should drink nicely for 5-7 years.

(Not yet released)

With highly committed proprietor Kerry Murphy and talented winemaker Andy Smith, DuMol continues to be one of the most reliable names in winedom for high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Moreover, consumers should not overlook their top flight Viognier and blockbuster Syrahs. All of the Chardonnays are barrel-fermented and spend 18 months on their lees with monthly stirring. The percentage of new French oak used varies from around 45% to 55%. The Pinot Noirs are kept on their lees for about 15 months, and the percentage of new oak ranges from 40% to 60%. The clonal material comes from old California selections such as Calera, Swan, and Martini as well as newer Dijon clones such as 115 and 777. As I reported in issue #180, the cool growing conditions in 2007 produced some of the finest Chardonnay fruit that winemaker Andy Smith had ever seen. The 2008 Chardonnay crop was average in size, but produced very tiny berries. All the wines had relatively slow malolactics (not unusual at this winery).

Robert M Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate
90-93

A blend of different vineyards, their 2008 Chardonnay Russian River might turn out to be one of the best Chardonnays they have made under this moniker. Crisp acids, beautiful lemon butter notes intermixed with brioche and orange/nectarine notes are all present in this full-bodied wine, with the oak pushed well into the background. This is a beauty that should drink nicely for 3-4 years.

(Not yet released)

This is one of the superstar sources of tremendous Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and increasingly, Syrah and a tiny bit of Viognier. Proprietor Kerry Murphy and his brilliant winemaker, Andy Smith, are huge fans of Burgundy and have searched out some of the coolest climate regions of the Russian River and Sonoma Coast to produce these wines, which all show impressive aging potential, although certainly the 2006s, now that they are in bottle, are decidedly less impressive wines overall than the lofty heights that were achieved in 2004, 2005, and of course, 2007. Tasting through the 2006 Chardonnays proves that DuMOL did as good a job as anyone in this vintage, but the wines seem to have lost some of their exuberance in going from barrel to bottle. The 2007s, products of a very cool growing year as well as some of the best fruit that winemaker Andy Smith has ever seen come into the winery, look terrific. About one-third of the entire Pinot Noir production from DuMOL was sold off in 2006 because of the difficulties of heat spikes and botrytis. The wines in bottle are somewhat more muted and decidedly less impressive than I had hoped they would be, and to me seem well behind the brilliant quality of the 2005s and 2004s, or the promising 2007s. When I asked the winemaker, Andy Smith, about percentages of oak and pH levels for the 2007s, he told me that most of the 2007 Pinot Noirs were in the 3.4-3.5 pH range, which is relatively low. The percentage of new oak for all the Pinots was around 40-50%. As for the Chardonnays, rarely did they exceed 60% new oak, and most of that is largely concealed by the richness of those wines.