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DuMOL Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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Winemaker Notes

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 throughout.

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.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 90
James Suckling
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.
CG 90
Connoisseurs' Guide
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.
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DuMOL, , California
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.

Santa Maria Valley

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A lesser-known but elite AVA within the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley AVA runs precisely east to west starting near the coast, allowing Pacific Ocean air to funnel through and cool the vineyards. This allows grapes to ripen evenly and achieve their full potential by harvest time. Combined with minimal rainfall, consistent warm sunshine, and well-drained soils, this creates an ideal environment for grape growing.

Many of the wineries here are small and highly respected, having established a reputation in the 1970s and 80s for producing excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. More recently, Syrah has proven quite successful in the region as well. Many vineyards here are owned by growers who sell their grapes to wineries, so it is common to see the same vineyard name on bottle from different wineries. Bien Nacido is perhaps the best-known and most prestigious.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

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