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Date Printed: 3/30/2015
DuMOL Finn Pinot Noir 2008
DuMOL Finn Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 119343)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 3/30/2015: $99.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Traditionally the most concentrated and powerfully opulent Pinot of each vintage, the 2008 finn release gracefully combines the crunchy red fruited nature of the vintage with all the layered complexity, density and succulence that typifies this bottling and sets it apart from all, but a few of the finest Pinots each vintage. The 943 clone's clusters and berries are unusually small for Pinot - heightening the structure and palate weight of the resulting wine - and yet we are able to harvest the vines at low sugar due to the moderate amount of fruit each vine carries. We found that this small lot brought an element of dark penetrating fruit to the wine in addition to fresh acidity and some focused tannin on the finish and are so impressed with the vineyard block that we envision it becoming an integral component for the Finn bottling each year.

The style of this vintage's release is slightly more forward than the 2007 and will therefore drink well from a year after release for at least eight to ten years.

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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.