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DuMOL 2012 Chardonnays-750ml

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Russian River 2012: 92pts-Robert Parker

Isobel 2012: 94pts-Robert Parker

Chole 2012: 96pts-Robert Parker

Clare 2012: 96pts-Robert Parker

Russian River 2011: 92pts-Robert Parker

As I have written in the past, this is a beautiful partnership between owner Kerry Murphy and the brilliant winemaker Andy Smith. Approaching its 20th anniversary, the breadth of high-quality, complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a Viognier and Syrahs they have consistently produced is stunning.

The Pinot Noirs generally spend between 11 and 13 months on their fine lees in various percentages of new oak, ranging from a low of 40% for the Russian River cuvée to as high as 58% for the Ryan. The fruit is typically destemmed, although in certain vineyards and vintages, partial whole cluster fermentation is employed. These are all brilliant wines with a Côte de Nuits-like earthy/forest floor character dominating plum, sassafras and berry flavors. The alcohol levels tend to be between 14.2% and 14.5%.--Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 12/2014