DuMOL Ryan Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008

Pinot Noir from Russian River, California

Item No. 119347
  • red wine
  • CG96
  • WS90
  • RP90
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Winemaker's Notes

The most obviously Californian of DuMOL's 2008 Pinot releases, the 2008 Ryan makes no apologies for its powerful ripe fruit dominated style. A true product of its growing season, it will find favor with those who prize fruit concentration and upfront drinkability over the greater nuance and subtlety found in our estate and aidan bottlings. The non-irrigated Widdoes Vineyard endured a torrid time in the harvest heat wave requiring us to pick more than two weeks earlier than any previous vintage. Despite this, the flavors are fully mature and the vineyard's signature underbrushy complexity is fully evident - a testament to the site's fine pedigree.

This new Ryan vintage reminds winemaker Andy Smith most notably of the 2003 effort, which enjoyed huge critical success and continues to add layers of nuance and complexity in bottle that one would anticipate this 2008 to emulate.

Critical Acclaim

"Picking a favorite from the new DuMOL lots is a near-impossible task, and this bottling displays the same striking concentration and depth that marks the group as a whole. It, too, is rife with very rich oak and adds a note of dried violets all of its own, and its sustained, keenly defined fruit is nothing less than a classic expression of pure Russian River Pinot Noir. It is an absolutely delicious wine at the moment, but, make no mistake, its sense of proportion and impeccable balance guarantee at least five or more years of progressive improvement for those who have the patience to wait."
96 Points

"Exhibits a rich mix of loamy earth, dried berry, spice, cedar, cherry rhubarb and red and black licorice flavors. Full-bodied, intense and concentrated, with a touch more finesse than the Finn bottling. Drink now through 2019."
90 Points

"The medium ruby-hued 2008 Pinot Noir Ryan is fashioned from Dijon clones and the California clone called "The Martini Selection." A crisp, elegant, fresh Pinot, it offers notes of rhubarb, candied cherries, pomegranate, sassafras and hints of herbs and spice, but not the size of the Aidan. Consume it over the next 7-8 years."
90 Points

Learn 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.

Learn 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...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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