DuMol Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2016
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|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
We harvested a strict selection from our three favorite micro-parcels within the wider Estate Vineyard: higher-elevation areas where the soils transition from fluffy/sandy to richer clay. As such, the wine balances sandy soil aromatic intensity—tart fruits, floral and spice notes, and an herbal vein—with richer, deeper clay-derived body and depth—cherry compote, dark fruits and obvious texture. There’s gorgeous elemental Pinot flavor throughout: zesty, linear and focused with a long granular structure that offers extended aging potential of 10 to 12 years. Start drinking your allocation sometime in mid-2019 but know the wine’s fullest expression will likely emerge between 2020 and 2024.
Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard offers a nose of kirsch, redcurrants, ripe red plums and cranberry sauce with hints of lilacs, spice box, forest floor and dried Provence herbs. Medium-bodied with a beautifully elegant palate, it has a fine-grained frame supporting the quiet intensity of flavors, and it finishes with seamless freshness lengthening all those lovely fruit layers.
Firm, rich and savory, with notes of forest floor to the dried raspberry, cherry tart and dark plum flavors. Turns creamy midpalate, leading to a finish filled with cedar and sandalwood depths. Drink now through 2023. 650 cases made.