At this early stage 2009 is on track to be a favorite red wine vintage since DuMOL began in 1996. It was as near a perfect growing season as one could script: cool, low-yielding, plenty of sunshine without excessive heat, culminating in a moderately paced harvest. Across the board the wines strike an effortless balance between coastal fruit purity and lingering vineyard-derived complexity. They are absolutely our most naturally grown and vinified group of wines yet.
The 2009 RRV Pinot Noir which kicks off the vintage might be their finest effort to date as it displays all the qualities to develop into something truly special. Reminscent of its 2001 and 2005 cousins which have both gained great complexity with age. Everything about this wine exudes subtlety and balance - there's plenty of fresh, ripe fruit, but it never overwhelms, remaining focused, bright and pure
A large chunk of DuMOL Estate fruit forms the backbone of the wine and it's this component that delivers the wine's verve and liveliness. The Widdoes vineyard blends deeper bass notes into the wine with
some classic earthy non-fruit nuanced complexity. The remaining components offer varying textures, fruit tones and acid/tannin structures in their own unique ways.
As with all DuMOL wines, you can enjoy its freshness and zesty fruit on release, but far greater rewards await with 3 to 6+ years of patience. No doubt this wine will transform in the bottle into something really thrilling and this is equally true of all the 2009 red wines, both Pinot and Syrah.
"Ripe black-cherries are comfortably combined with a fair bit of toasty oak in vital young aromas of this nicely defined wine, and what is promised in the nose is delivered in kind by the plush, yet well-composed, flavors that follow. Like all of the very good 2009 DuMOL offerings, this one is simply brimming with fruit, but it needs to age past the tart edge of eleventh-hour acidity that presently cuts off its finish, and we recommend a wait of at least two or three years."
"A solid wine with dried strawberry and cherry character with hints of lemons and dried meat that follow through to a full body, with medium chewy tannins and a fruity finish. Robusto fruity style but some balance at the same time. Lovers of fruit-forward Pinot will like this. Better in 2013."