DuMOL Highland Divide Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2016
Apple, lime and melon fruit characters dominate. Sweet sage, fennel and ginger notes add detail. The palate is simultaneously full-bodied and taut with deep oily intensity and building almond paste richness. There’s botanical complexity and tangy lime juice vibrancy on the lingering, intricate finish. Drink between 2018 and 2024.
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From two vineyards spanning between 300 and 800 feet in elevation, the 2016 Chardonnay Highland Divide is from the Mount Eden and Hyde Wente clones and was brought up mostly in neutral barrels. It’s another clean, pure, elegant wine from Andy that has notable concentration, notes of tangerine, lemon peel, floral and cream notes, medium body, and beautiful purity.
The 2016 Chardonnay Highland Divide offers intense notions of apple pie, warm apricots and green guava with touches of clotted cream, scones, marzipan and beeswax. Full-bodied, concentrated and packed with stone fruit and tropical layers, it reveals lovely honeyed and toasty accents with a lively backbone and satisfying length.
Respect for the land
DuMOL is a “vineyard up” winery with a fully integrated approach to winegrowing and winemaking. DuMOL planted its high-density estate vineyards and has farmed many of California’s most renowned vineyards for more than two decades.
Commitment to craft
DuMOL sticks to what works and is focused on the fundamentals, finding inspiration in master, visionary producers around the world as DuMOL continually hones its craft—never imitating, ever refining.
Connected on a personal level
This is a project that comes from who the DuMOL team is and what they love. A deep connection is paramount: to the land, the wines, and the customers.
Heritage and experience
Founded in 1996, DuMOL is a latter-day pioneer in the Russian River Valley. Winemaker, Viticulturist and Partner, Andy Smith, farmed the region for nearly a decade before joining in 1999, and Associate Winemakers Julie Cooper and Jenna Davis, and Cellar Master Jaime Eufracio, have over 40 years combined experience at DuMOL.
A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.