Unsurprisingly this is DuMOL's wine of the vintage and one of the finest two or three wines they've ever bottled (the winemaker, Andy Smith, suspects the finest, but it's a bit early for such pronouncements). There is a level of complexity, integration and
effortless harmony present that is often declared but rarely truly found. It's undeniably a powerful mouthful of Russian River Pinot Noir but it never strays to the overdone or awkward, remaining subtle, elegant and restrained at all times. There's a good deal of concentration and volume to the wine and the mid palate really expands and flows but there's always acidity and tannin present to rein it in and provide clarity and authority of flavor. It's the level of aromatic complexity that really drives the wine, providing its thrust and persistence, so that you always feel there's more coming - another level of complexity and volume. And it's the combination of these multiple non-fruit aromatic nuances – game, leather, lavender, nutmeg, juniper, pepper, menthol, dried herb – that add all the detail and extra dimension.
It's most similar to the 2002 Finn bottling which has become majestic in its maturity and one would anticipate this bottling to age gracefully for at least a decade. As with all great wines, there's a naturally limited supply, so carefully select the occasion to open this treasure.