DuMOL Finn Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
This eighth Finn bottling is quite simply the finest wine we have ever grown and produced. There is a level of concentration without heaviness that these vineyards have vividly expressed and which typifies this wonderful vintage. An identical blend to the highly successful 2006 bottling, DuMOL knew that some potentially remarkable components were in barrel soon after the harvest dust had settled. The synergy between these three component parts was unprecedented even for this bottling and as they were gently blended the following spring, they immediately brought out the best in each other and took the wine to a different level of complexity.
It has the density and youthfully backward tautness of the finest wines and will not reach the beginning stages of its maturity for at least three years following release. Predominantly grown on clay-based soils, the natural tannin structure is full, rich and dominant and the mix of heritage clones produced flavors that are the antithesis of sweet and fruity Californian Pinot. Yes, there is sweetness present, but it is a sweetness of vine extract borne out of low yields, great farming and precise harvesting at optimum maturity. The rewards will be great for those who cellar this wine beyond 2014.
The Wine Advocate - "My highest score goes to the 2007 Pinot Noir Finn, which comes from the Occidental, Widdoes, and Sonoma State vineyards. A brilliant, juicy, succulent effort, it boasts a terrific full-bodied texture, layers of black cherry, raspberry, and cola aromas and flavors, a dark ruby/purple color, and a backward yet irresistible style. This big, rich Pinot Noir is capable of lasting 15-20 years."
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated red. Alluring aromas of crushed red berries, incense and dried rose are perked up by pepper, spices and herbs. Then densely packed, sweet and juicy, with a suave, silky texture and enticing inner-mouth perfume. Impressive for its purity and balance, finishing with excellent clarity, punch and sweet floral persistence. Andy Smith called this the best wine he has ever made, which is saying something."
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Imposing in its ripeness, its immense fruit and its lavish oak, yet beautifully managed and no way excessive, this very fleshy, full-bodied Pinot shows off the richness inherent in the outstanding 2007 vintage. For all of its considerable size, it is firm and ideally balanced, and its sense of mass comes with plenty of brightness and life. Like all of the new Du Mol offerings, it is one meant for the cellar, and given a few years in which to fully stretch out, a more nuanced wine will emerge."
Wine Spectator - "Offers a complex mix of ripe, fleshy and subtle cherry, berry, spice and mineral flavors, with touches of lavender. Full-bodied, elegant and balanced, this glides through on the finish. Drink now through 2016."
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DuMOL's 25 acre sustainably farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating east-facing slope of one of the appellation's famous ridgelines. From this classic site and in tandem with some of the coastal area's finest growers, DuMOL crafts wines that fully capture the aromatics, flavors and textures that exemplify their vineyard sites and varietals character in the purest and most precise form. View all DuMOL Wines
About Russian River
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.