DuMOL Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
From DuMOL's perspective, 2010 is their greatest vintage across all vineyards, all varieties and all wines. The cool summer and fall harvest conditions have translated into wines of exceptional clarity and focus. While slightly less rich than 2009, they possess greater aromatic nuance and complexity. If you loved their 2009 Pinots, you will find these wines every bit as profound. It was a year for intensive farming and to be continually out among the vines, not to rely on winemaking trickery at harvest.
The 2010 RRV Pinot is an effortless beauty with classic Russian River aromas, flavors and texture but underpinned by the bracing structure of the cool season. There is a delicate interplay between sweet and savory elements so that no one note dominates – it's a very complete, layered, harmonious wine, where trace herbal and earthy notes add intrigue and elevate the wine beyond fruit purity alone. This fine natural balance, in tandem with the nature of this cool season, allows for the development of significantly greater complexity as the wine ages in-bottle. I would have no qualms about aging a bottle or two of this wine for a decade-plus. The rewards will be many.
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of cherry-cola, licorice and incense, with a spicy note adding vivacity. Broad and intensely flavored, offering palate-staining dark fruit flavors and an energizing lick of blood orange. Chewy and focused on the impressively long finish, which features dusty tannins and clinging dark berry character."
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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