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From DuMOL's perspective, 2010 is their greatest vintage across all vineyards, all varieties and all wines. The cool summer and fall harvest conditions have translated into wines of exceptional clarity and focus. While slightly less rich than 2009, they possess greater aromatic nuance and complexity. If you loved their 2009 Pinots, you will find these wines every bit as profound. It was a year for intensive farming and to be continually out among the vines, not to rely on winemaking trickery at harvest.
The 2010 RRV Pinot is an effortless beauty with classic Russian River aromas, flavors and texture but underpinned by the bracing
structure of the cool season. There is a delicate interplay between sweet and savory elements so that no one note dominates – it's a very complete, layered, harmonious wine, where trace herbal and earthy notes add intrigue and elevate the wine beyond fruit purity alone. This fine natural balance, in tandem with the nature
of this cool season, allows for the development of significantly greater complexity as the wine ages in-bottle. I would have no qualms about aging a bottle or two of this wine for a decade-plus. The rewards will be many.
"Saturated ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of cherry-cola, licorice and incense, with a spicy note adding vivacity. Broad and intensely flavored, offering palate-staining dark fruit flavors and an energizing lick of blood orange. Chewy and focused on the impressively long finish, which features dusty tannins and clinging dark berry character."
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