DuMOL Ryan Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
The most obviously Californian of DuMOL's 2008 Pinot releases, the 2008 Ryan makes no apologies for its powerful ripe fruit dominated style. A true product of its growing season, it will find favor with those who prize fruit concentration and upfront drinkability over the greater nuance and subtlety found in our estate and aidan bottlings. The non-irrigated Widdoes Vineyard endured a torrid time in the harvest heat wave requiring us to pick more than two weeks earlier than any previous vintage. Despite this, the flavors are fully mature and the vineyard's signature underbrushy complexity is fully evident - a testament to the site's fine pedigree.
This new Ryan vintage reminds winemaker Andy Smith most notably of the 2003 effort, which enjoyed huge critical success and continues to add layers of nuance and complexity in bottle that one would anticipate this 2008 to emulate.
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Picking a favorite from the new DuMOL lots is a near-impossible task, and this bottling displays the same striking concentration and depth that marks the group as a whole. It, too, is rife with very rich oak and adds a note of dried violets all of its own, and its sustained, keenly defined fruit is nothing less than a classic expression of pure Russian River Pinot Noir. It is an absolutely delicious wine at the moment, but, make no mistake, its sense of proportion and impeccable balance guarantee at least five or more years of progressive improvement for those who have the patience to wait."
Wine Spectator - "Exhibits a rich mix of loamy earth, dried berry, spice, cedar, cherry rhubarb and red and black licorice flavors. Full-bodied, intense and concentrated, with a touch more finesse than the Finn bottling. Drink now through 2019."
The Wine Advocate - "The medium ruby-hued 2008 Pinot Noir Ryan is fashioned from Dijon clones and the California clone called "The Martini Selection." A crisp, elegant, fresh Pinot, it offers notes of rhubarb, candied cherries, pomegranate, sassafras and hints of herbs and spice, but not the size of the Aidan. Consume it over the next 7-8 years."
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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 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 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.