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Date Printed: 4/27/2015
DuMOL Finn Pinot Noir 2009
DuMOL Finn Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 119345)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/27/2015: $109.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate 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:

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.

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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.