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Review 2018 DuMOL Wester Reach Chardonnay Russian River Valley 750ml

2018 DuMOL Wester Reach Chardonnay Russian River Valley 750ml

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A full throttle Chardonnay with tension and minerality to spare, this one has it all! Double 94 points, with orchard fruits, citrus, and brioche, this is an absolute beauty that will quench your thirst for Cali Chard over the coming 5-8 years.
About the Wine

Tasting Notes

A wine that goes out to distribution only (as opposed to the winery mailing list), the 2018 Chardonnay Wester Reach is a blend of the Ritchie, Heintz. Lorenzo, Dutton, and DuMOL Estate vineyards and was brought up in 35% new French oak. It has a classic Russian River Valley vibe in its rich orchard fruits, pear, buttered citrus, and brioche aromas and flavors. These all carry to a medium to full-bodied wine that has the fleshy, supple style of the vintage yet stays firmly in the DuMOL stylistic camp with its vibrant acidity and focused finish. Drink bottles over the coming 7-8 years or so. 94 Points JD

The 2018 Chardonnay Wester Reach comes from the Dumol estate plus fruit from Ritchie, Charles Heintz, Lorenzo and Dutton vineyards. It offers gentle scents of honey, oats, nuts and dried white flowers over a peachy core. The medium-bodied palate has an understated savory character, balancing yeasty and mineral touches and bright acidity, finishing long and mineral-driven. 94+ Points RP

About The Wine

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2018 Wester Reach Chardonnay comprises three of the most celebrated old-vine Chardonnay vineyards in California with our high-density estate vineyard at its core. A classic DuMOL coastal Russian River wine, it maintains an impeccable balance between fruit-filled Californian style and a vibrant, focused European approach—an interplay of richness and freshness, texture and acidity.

From one of the greatest vintages in modern Californian history,  the wine possesses inherent concentration, depth and definition—focused, driven, mineral-laden and pithy with a level of cool-climate fruit intensity and presence that is very rare. Such a distinctive character is typically achieved only in small-lot single-vineyard wines. The quality of this blend is a testament to our pedigreed vineyards, precise farming, twenty years’ experience and patient, sensitive craftsmanship.

The nose brims with expansive aromas of white lily, apricot, stone fruits and lemon zest underscored by elements of flint, oyster shell and spearmint. The palate delivers a long, subtle arc of flavor and great viscosity. It is initially taut and vibrant with lime juice, lemongrass and citrus oil before opening to richer, deeper fruits, fig and peach, and layers of texture. The finish washes long with bright, clean acidity and a linger of ginger, honey and spice.

Technicals:

Vineyard

31% DUTTON RANCH HANSEN HILL VINEYARD

26% DUMOL O’CONNELL ESTATE VINEYARD

16% RITCHIE VINEYARD

17% CHARLES HEINTZ VINEYARD

10% LORENZO VINEYARD

Harvest Date

HAND HARVESTED SEPTEMBER 4TH THROUGH OCTOBER 10TH.

Appellation

RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

Clones

OLD WENTE SELECTION, HYDE WENTE SELECTION & CLONE 4

Age of Vines at Harvest

44 YEARS

Barrel Aging

FERMENTED & AGED 12 MONTHS IN 35% LIGHT/MEDIUM TOAST NEW FRENCH OAK FOLLOWED BY THREE MONTHS SETTLING IN TANK. COMPLETE MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION.

Press

94+ WINE ADVOCATE
94 JEB DUNNUCK