DuMOL Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Russian River, California

Item No. 119326
  • white wine
  • collectible wine
  • CG90
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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
90 Points

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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 Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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