Fall ReleaseEstate Vineyard Chardonnay
2016

Winemaker’s Notes

The wines from our Estate vineyards are typically built to age the longest, and this 2016 bottling is no exception. The highly eroded coastal soils of our DuMOL Estate, coupled with the pedigree old clone vine material, produce a wine full of tension and tightly coiled power—a nuanced beauty and natural expression that reveals itself with time. The high vine density of our O’Connell and Kearney Estate parcels provides an additional element of complexity to the final wine: Narrow row spacing naturally shades the grape clusters from the full force of the California summer sun, retaining more of the delicate, savory nuances of the grapes themselves. This makes for a wine overflowing with European-style vibrancy, steeliness and mineral-dominated intensity, with less of an emphasis on sweet golden fruit. 

I recommend opening in mid-2019 and drinking over the following six years, decanting an hour before enjoying over the course of an evening. The aromas are first dominated by flint, spearmint and sweet sage. With aeration, lemon and lime flavors peek out before introducing green apple intensity. Tremendous richness and depth to the mid-palate are a pure translation of the vines themselves — their extract, their intrinsic concentration. While the wine is taut and muscular, there’s an unmatched richness lurking in the background, ready to reveal itself with a little cellar time. This truly is world-class Chardonnay in a serious, vineyard-driven style. Drink between 2019 and 2024.

Andy Smith

Estate Vineyard Chardonnay  - DuMOL

Vineyard

Harvest Date

August 24th and September 2nd

Appellation

Sonoma Coast

Clones

Mount Eden and Hyde-Wente

Age of Vines at Harvest

12 years

Barrel Aging

AGED 14 MONTHS IN 40% NEW FRENCH OAK BARRELS FROM TONNELLERIES ACF & ERMITAGE THEN 4 MONTHS SETTLING IN TANK

Production

620 cases of 750mL
16 cases of 1.5L
12 bottles of 3L

Press

92-95 points Vinous, April 2018
95+ Jeb Dunnuck, June 2018

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