Spring ReleaseRussian River Valley Chardonnay
2015

Winemaker’s Notes

Zesty lime juice, pear and lychee. Lemongrass, thyme and white blossom with sea spray and green olive savory elements. Lemon curd and citrus oil dominate the fruit forward entry, concentrated and deeply pitched. Intense, deep fruitiness and multi-layered weight. Almond paste and beeswax develop with air. Saline, mineral-infused acidity buffers the round, creamy texture. Pithy, lemon zest finish. Serve at no cooler than 55°F and enjoy between 2017 and 2021.

Our 2015 Chardonnay wines rank alongside the best we have ever grown, vinified and bottled. It’s a truly defining vintage in which our coastal hillside vineyard sites performed to their maximum potential. The wines are dominated by a sense of deep intense oiliness that is a direct product of the year's historically low vine yields.

Our new Russian River Valley offering is packed with mineral precision that gradually deepens to grand scale intensity and broad viscosity. Each time you return to the glass, there’s another nuance, another intricate detail to discover. This vintage we added a remarkable parcel of Dutton Ranch old vines to the blend, amplifying concentration and depth alongside vibrant acidity. It’s classic DuMOL in every respect and offers quality at the single vineyard designate level. The wine is approachable on release, but if you can be patient for even six months, the rewards will multiply, as I expect it will broaden substantially over the next year.

Andy Smith

Russian River Valley Chardonnay  - DuMOL

Vineyard

Harvest Date

August 17th through September 10th

Appellation

Russian River Valley

Clones

Old Wente and UCD4

Age of Vines at Harvest

41 years

Barrel Aging

Barrel fermented and aged 11 months in 38% new French oak

Production

4320 cases of 750mL

Press

92 POINTS Vinous, April 2018

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