I had the pleasure of attending a spring wine pick up party at Dumol Winery's Windsor facility a couple of weeks ago. Kerry Murphy and staff were naturally pouring the 2012 releases (a magnificent vintage!) which are already drinking great - think floral and white peaches. However, the real treat was tasting ‘08 Chards along with several older Pinots. To add further to this pleasure, Dumol did not add a premium to purchases of these older, delicious vintages.
Tasting a single vineyard Dumol Russian River Valley Chardonnay for the first time some ten years ago was an epiphany of what the perfect chardonnay should taste like to me and they have not disappointed since! They meld the flavors from the best vineyards of the RRV in new French oak to produce a beautifully smooth, vibrant wine that also affords a hint of butterscotch on the backend. Tasting their 2008 Isobel Chardonnay, I found myself again saying this is my style of Chardonnay. I believe the Isobel grapes are pulled from the RRV's Heitz Vineyard on the far west side of the valley. I picked up on a beautiful honeydew melon backbone with a hint of lemon butter upfront. Now my real dilemma is whether to drink or hold my 2012's! My recommendation is to splurge on a bottle of Dumol Chardonnay, old or young, next time you see one on a wine list or in your favorite shop.
I'll save my thoughts on Dumol's fantastic Pinots for another time.
Dan McKenna, JD, RPLU