DuMOL Finn Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008

Pinot Noir from Russian River, California

Item No. 119342
  • red wine
  • CG94
  • ST93
  • RP91
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2009
  • ST94
  • RP93
  • CG91

Winemaker's Notes

Traditionally the most concentrated and powerfully opulent Pinot of each vintage, the 2008 finn release gracefully combines the crunchy red fruited nature of the vintage with all the layered complexity, density and succulence that typifies this bottling and sets it apart from all, but a few of the finest Pinots each vintage. The 943 clone's clusters and berries are unusually small for Pinot - heightening the structure and palate weight of the resulting wine - and yet we are able to harvest the vines at low sugar due to the moderate amount of fruit each vine carries. We found that this small lot brought an element of dark penetrating fruit to the wine in addition to fresh acidity and some focused tannin on the finish and are so impressed with the vineyard block that we envision it becoming an integral component for the Finn bottling each year.

The style of this vintage's release is slightly more forward than the 2007 and will therefore drink well from a year after release for at least eight to ten years.

Critical Acclaim

"Deep, well-ripened and long on both concentrated cherry-like fruit and very sweet oak, this flamboyant Pinot is a wonderfully rich expression of what DuMOL does best. For all of its opulence it is not in the least heavy or overdone, and it shows impeccable balance for the very big working that it is. It is a wine of serious intent, and it will reward aging for those that manage to resist its considerable charms, and it comes with the recommendation of three to five years of patience."
94 Points

"Bright ruby-red. Captivating aromas of candied red fruits, rose oil, gingerbread and licorice. Rich but silky in texture and light on its feet, with alluring flavors of wild red and dark berries, mocha and candied flowers. Complex and precise on the finish, which lingers with outstanding persistence."
93 Points

"The 2008 Pinot Noir Finn’s medium ruby color is followed by sweet berry fruit, damp earth, cola, herb and rhubarb aromas. Slightly lean with an impressively restrained yet structured style, it is not as extroverted as the Aidan, but is richer and more impressive than the Ryan. It should drink well for 5-7 years."
91 Points

Learn About DuMOL

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.

Learn 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...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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