2016 DuMOL Wester Reach Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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About the Wine

Founded in 1996, DuMOL is a vineyard-focused producer of cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from distinctive vineyards in the extreme southwestern part of the Russian River Valley. But don't be fooled DuMOL also crafts small-lot Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Viognier from exceptional vineyard sites in Sonoma and Napa, expanding upon twenty-five years of winegrowing experience! Through precise attention to detail in the vineyards and vintage-specific winegrowing and winemaking, they aim to create wines that highlight terroir and a sense of place. DuMOL wines are born with new world roots under an old-world philosophy!

The “Wester Reach” Pinot Noir comprises some of the most famous sites in Russian River Valley, vineyards that DuMOL has planted, farmed and harvested over the past twenty years. By selecting fruit from a spectrum of vineyards – from the interior plains of the Russian River Valley stretching west to more coastal sites – The DuMOL team has created a wine that is complete, complex, and finely detailed. This wine is built in the vineyard, understanding how each site contributes signature fruit character, be it the richness and breadth of the valley floor parcels, the taut precision, and structure of the ridgeline parcels, or the focus and intensity of the coastal parcels.

Aging: 12 Months in 40% New French Oak

Tasting Notes: 100% Pinot Noir. Complex, layered aromas – red cherry, black pepper, hibiscus, and orange peel – are wonderfully bright and fresh while cranberry and pomegranate, wild thyme, and underbrush lend fine detail. The broad fruit entry possesses great lift – juicy and vibrant, then immediately deep and layered. The mid-palate is succulent and round with cherry liqueur and rhubarb flavors which extend on fresh acidity through the long, black peppercorn-infused finish


Very suave, spicy red and black cherries on the nose here with a super plush and juicy palate that carries strikingly fresh red cherries in a lively, concentrated and seamless mode. Impressive. Drink or hold. ~95 James Suckling

Leading off the Pinot Noirs, the 2016 Pinot Noir Wester Reach is one of the releases that only goes out to distribution and isn’t offered on the mailing list. It’s a textbook wine from this estate and is ideal for readers looking to understanding the style of this estate. Wild strawberry, violets, and forest floor aromas and flavors, medium body, light tannin, and a charming, layered, balanced style all make for a brilliant Russian River Pinot Noir to drink over the coming 4-5 years. ~92 Jeb Dunnuck

Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Wester Reach sings of ripe black cherries, red plums, red currants, and cranberry sauce with touches of violets, cinnamon stick, spearmint, and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with tantalizing red and blackberry layers with a satiny texture and oodles of freshness, finishing long and earthy. ~92 Robert Parker

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