Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the 2019 Pinot Noir DuMOL Estate Vineyard reveals a deep ruby hue to go with classic notes of ripe black cherries, sappy underbrush, sassafras, and spring flowers. Straight-up gorgeous on the palate as well, it’s medium to full-bodied and has a solid spine of acidity, wonderful depth of fruit, and a great, great finish. It has plenty of up-front appeal yet should cruise for a decade in cold cellars, if not longer.”
Andy Smith Winemaker: “Among my favorites of this vintage, our 2019 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir is an elegant wine that is long, sleek, and deeply expressive of this coastal ridgetop site. We conducted a strict parcel selection in the vineyard at harvest, then a secondary selection after ten months in barrel, to ensure only the finest fruit comprised this flagship bottling. Over many vintages we have come to expect that this will be our most ageable Pinot bottling, due primarily to the high vine density planting format in the vineyard itself. The wine has both higher acidity and tannin giving great longevity and the concentration of fruit and texture is elevated because each vine has to ripen only a moderate amount of fruit.
Aromas and flavors of black cherry, cassis, and the freshest possible raspberries – lifted, intense and elegant. Savory characters of thyme blossom and floral spice overlay a mineral base that is sleek, penetrating, and focused. You can feel the energy of the vines each time you come to the glass. Finishes with deep blackberry fruit and a dusty cocoa edge. Drink between 2022 and 2034. Enjoy a glass over an extended evening to fully appreciate the deep complexity inherent in one of our most site-driven wines. “
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