Fall ReleaseEstate Vineyard Pinot Noir
2016

Winemaker’s Notes

This is our richest and deepest Estate Pinot Noir since the wonderful 2012 bottling, and it’s certainly the most powerful Pinot of the vintage, befitting of our finest vineyard. That’s not to say, however, the wine lacks energy or poise, as it is vibrant, lively and intense with a clear vineyard signature at its core. The wine dances on the palate, all its elements in beautiful equilibrium, with a clarity that’s derived from precise vineyard work, not winemaking technique; it’s a pure translation of the vines and grapes themselves.

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.

Andy Smith

Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir  - DuMOL

Vineyard

Harvest Date

August 27th, 29th, 30th and 31st

Appellation

Russian River Valley

Clones

Calera and Swan

Age of Vines at Harvest

11 years

Barrel Aging

AGED 16 MONTHS IN 45% NEW FRENCH OAK BARRELS FROM TONNELLERIES ACF, ERMITAGE, CHASSIN & MERCUREY

Production

650 cases of 750mL
32 cases of 1.5L
24 bottles of 3L

Press

94 points Wine Advocate, June 2018
92-95 points Vinous, April 2018
94 points Jeb Dunnuck, June 2018

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