DuMOL Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from Russian River, California

Item No. 119339
  • red wine
  • ST94
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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
94 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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