Founded in 1996, DuMOL is a vineyard focused producer of cool-climate Russian River Valley Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from exceptional vineyards. Winemaker, viticulturist and partner, Andy Smith, has been at the helm of DuMOL’s continuous evolution since 1999. He and his close-knit team of three employ winemaking that is classical and intuitive, responsive to the needs of each wine, with the least “technique” necessary. Andy explains, “Each bottling is built in the vineyard. Soil types, microclimates, plant material, maturity levels, how the vines react to the growing conditions, how we react to the vines – there are so many detailed variables. The nuance, the depth and complexity of the fruit that results from those variables, that’s what we aim to achieve and translate to bottle: purity, vibrancy, freshness – intensity without heaviness.”
The 2017 Wester Reach Chardonnay combines three singular traits: coastal freshness and vibrancy; Russian River Valley natural richness, density and texture; and subtle elements of Burgundian savory/saline reduction.
Vineyard composition came from 32% Dutton Ranch Hansen Hill Vineyard, 24% Dumol O’Connell Estate Vineyard, 20% Dutton Ranch Jentoft Vineyard, 12% Charles Heintz Vineyard, and 12% Lorenzo Vineyard. Harvest took place between the beginning of September through the 20th. The clones from these vineyards are Old Wente Selection, Hyde Wente Selection, and Clone 4. The average age of the vines were 43 years old. This chardonnay was barrel fermented and aged for one year in 30% light to medium toasted new French oak followed buy three months settling in steal tanks.
From the lowest-yielding vintage in twenty years, there’s inherent concentration in this bottle, a depth of flavor coming from the vines. There’s also a firmness and seriousness that offsets this mid-palate weight and extends its citrus-oil-infused finish.
The wine is focused, driven, mineral-laden and pithy, with a level of cool-climate fruit intensity that is very rare. The wine maker has placed a date of drink between starting last year through 2027.