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DuMOL Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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Winemaker Notes

2010 rivals 2008 as a favorite white wine vintage. Across the board the wines are lively, fresh, concentrated and focused. The balance between vibrant piercing fruit, broad enveloping texture and pin-point precise acidity is the hallmark of the vintage. They are wines to drink young for freshness but have the balance to become more complex over six to eight years in the bottle.

The 2010 RRV bottling is a DuMOL classic - the equal of many a previous designate. A strong sense of breezy coastal freshness is its dominant feature. The wine is so alive and intense that it's a perfect representation of this unusually cool vintage season. Its greatest excitement lies in the deft balance between the various fruit and structural elements - they play off one another beautifully. The fruit itself is brisk and crunchy – slightly more green-shaded than the honeyed style of 2009 and the wine's underlying richness takes some swirling to coax forth. It's never too creamy, broad or rich and its natural density is never overbearing or clumsy. It's simply a beautiful classy wine that is both focused and elegant in its delivery.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 91
Wine Spectator
This fresh, vibrant, tightly wound and well-focused white offers a vanilla- and smoke-accented beam of spicy green apple, pear and honeydew melon, with a long finish.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chardonnay is alluring in its beauty. Rich, layered and totally expressive, the 2010 caresses the palate with hints of almonds, orange peel, spices, butter and a hint of French oak. The 2010 is endowed with tons of Russian River character, but with no sense of excess heaviness. The vineyard sources are predominantly Lorenzo and Dutton. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019.
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DuMOL, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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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.

Russian River

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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.

Chardonnay

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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 practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.

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