DuMOL Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2009
Chardonnay from Russian River, California
The 2009 RRV Chardonnay is a true product of the vintage rather than defined by winemaking techniques; it was grown rather than 'made' and you can taste this in its lovely balance between fruit, acidity and texture – it's a very harmonious wine. There is a vein of intense mineral sharpness that runs through the wine that is its defining feature. Naturally there is still plenty of Russian River fruit richness, but it has been shaped by this beautifully cool growing season to emphasize lingering vibrancy throughout the wine. For the first time a sizeable portion of the blend was grown in our DuMol Estate vineyard and it is this component that lends the flinty, smoky edge that is so intriguing.
Most reminiscent of the 2000 RRV bottling, the wine is livelier and more focused than its 2008 predecessor with less overt richness, but greater precision of flavor. Its component parts read like a who's who of celebrated Chardonnay vineyards and you can taste this pedigree throughout the wine.
If you favor fresh fruit intensity then drink within the first two years following release. The wine's natural tendency toward hazelnut and honeyed richness typically asserts itself after three years of bottle maturity. This will be an intriguing wine to follow as it matures.
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Open and appley in its first aromas if a touch more direct than most DuMOL offerings and somewhat less complex as the result, this one is fairly full and a touch soft on the palate in a way that invites relatively early enjoyment. Its impressive richness and quite adequate fruit will make it a candidate for most chicken dishes and for grilled salmon as well."
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 RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
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.