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DuMOL 2017 Sonoma Coast Estate Chardonnay

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Score: 96+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck, 96 Points - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 94+ Points - Antonio Galloni
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2017
Cases Produced: 724
Wine Maker: Andy Smith

Product Description:
“This level of quality is fleeting and very hard to execute in both the vineyard and winery. It can only be found under the right vintage conditions and with a level of winegrowing sensitivity that strikes an equilibrium between nature and craftsmanship. Bold words, I know, but the proof ‘s in this bottle. At fourteen years old, these vines have reached full maturity; they’re in their prime window of quality production. They have achieved a natural balance between root depth, canopy growth and crop yield-the essentials of pristine grapes. In this 2017 bottling, we see as pure a reflection of these upland, highly erodible sandstone soils as I can imagine-a combination of delicacy, power, savory complexity and nervy acidity. The wine opens with spearmint, melon, lime and flint notes. It’s tangy, dynamic and ever-changing, the palate uncompromisingly dry, mineral and chiseled-refined and totally captivating. The wine turns dense and full in the center as it uncoils, revealing oiliness and great viscosity. A firmness to the back end is driven by high natural acidity, strong savory elements and lime zest freshness. This is a wine to age for two to three years before opening. It will be worth the wait. These lean soils-perfect for our old chardonnay vine selections (no simple monochromatic clones!)-produce a wine of structure, underlying power and taut density. The wine is tactile with a high level of intricacy. Changing each time you return to the glass, it is the definition of power and tension.”

96+ Points Jeb Dunnuck:
“The 2017 Chardonnay DuMol Estate comes from vines planted in sandy soils and is a mix of Hyde Wente and Mount Eden clones. It offers rock star notes of tart peach, citrus, and salty mineral and earthy notes in a focused, chiseled, crisp style. With terrific concentration and an almost red wine-like level of structure, it’s not for near-term drinking and needs a good 3-4 years of bottle age.”

96 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
“The 2017 Chardonnay Estate Vineyard was barrel fermented and aged 12 months on the lees in 33% new oak. It has a singular nose of dashi, saline, crushed shell and lime peel touches with white peaches, dried flowers, iodine and cut hay. Medium-bodied, it absolutely explodes in the mouth with layers of ripe fruits, savory notions, citrus, flowers and a tangy mineral streak, with laser-like acidity and a very long, evolving and energetic finish. An incredible, unique wine.”

94+ Points Antonio Galloni:
“The 2017 Chardonnay Estate Vineyard is a dense, packed wine. Apricot, orange peel, mint, butter and exotic floral notes emerge, but only with great reluctance. Readers will need to give the 2017 at least a year or two in bottle to unwind. This is an especially potent, savory style, with a ton of phenolic intensity.”

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