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Producer: DuMOL, Article: Sonoma: Another Brilliant Vintage in 2018

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2018 DuMOL Syrah Eddie's Patch

Even better, the 2018 Syrah Eddie's Patch comes from the Russian River Valley and saw 30% stems. It has a touch more vibrancy as well as gorgeous notes of blue fruits, crushed violets, ground pepper, and a touch of loamy earth. With terrific balance, silky tannins, and a solid spine of acidity, it's another killer Syrah from this estate.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

  $83 1

Even better, the 2018 Syrah Eddie's Patch comes from the Russian River Valley and saw 30% stems. It has a touch more vibrancy as well as gorgeous notes of blue fruits, crushed violets, ground pepper, and a touch of loamy earth. With terrific balance, silky tannins, and a solid spine of acidity, it's another killer Syrah from this estate.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

2018 DuMOL Syrah DuMOL Estate Vineyard

Smith makes two Syrahs, both leaning toward the cool climate, spicy, complex end of the spectrum. Coming from a site on the Sonoma Coast and only 50% destemmed, the 2018 Syrah DuMOL Estate Vineyard offers a meaty, smoky, dense bouquet of peppery dark fruits, bouquet garni, violets, and damp earth. Reminding me of a top Saint-Joseph, it's medium to full-bodied, has ripe tannins, beautiful purity, and a great finish. 200 cases were made.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

  $83 1

Smith makes two Syrahs, both leaning toward the cool climate, spicy, complex end of the spectrum. Coming from a site on the Sonoma Coast and only 50% destemmed, the 2018 Syrah DuMOL Estate Vineyard offers a meaty, smoky, dense bouquet of peppery dark fruits, bouquet garni, violets, and damp earth. Reminding me of a top Saint-Joseph, it's medium to full-bodied, has ripe tannins, beautiful purity, and a great finish. 200 cases were made.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

2018 DuMOL Pinot Noir Finn

What could be thought of as the flagship release, the 2018 Pinot Noir Finn comes from a selection of the top lots and was all destemmed and spent the normal 15 months in 45 % new French oak. This is the finest Pinot Noir I've tasted from DuMOL. It boasts a deep ruby/purple hue (it's not quite opaque) as well as a gorgeous bouquet of redcurrants, black cherries, Asian spices, forest floor, spring flowers, and scorched earth. Made in the classic DuMOL seamless, elegant style, it nevertheless has beautiful depth and concentration, ripe tannins, a solid spine of acidity, and a great, great finish. It's a magical Pinot Noir from Smith that will benefit from just a year or two of bottle age and keep for 15-20 years.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

  $98 1

What could be thought of as the flagship release, the 2018 Pinot Noir Finn comes from a selection of the top lots and was all destemmed and spent the normal 15 months in 45 % new French oak. This is the finest Pinot Noir I've tasted from DuMOL. It boasts a deep ruby/purple hue (it's not quite opaque) as well as a gorgeous bouquet of redcurrants, black cherries, Asian spices, forest floor, spring flowers, and scorched earth. Made in the classic DuMOL seamless, elegant style, it nevertheless has beautiful depth and concentration, ripe tannins, a solid spine of acidity, and a great, great finish. It's a magical Pinot Noir from Smith that will benefit from just a year or two of bottle age and keep for 15-20 years.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

2018 DuMOL Pinot Noir DuMOL Estate Vineyard

There are 780 cases of the 2018 Pinot Noir DuMOL Estate Vineyard, another awesome bottle of Pinot Noir from Andy Smith. All destemmed and aged 15 months in 45% new French oak, its deeper ruby color is followed by a stunning nose of black raspberries, scorched earth, charcoal, forest floor, and candied orange zest. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully concentrated, it has some background oak to integrate, but offers perfect balance in its tannins and acidity, a great mid-palate, and a great finish. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following decade or more.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

  $98 1

There are 780 cases of the 2018 Pinot Noir DuMOL Estate Vineyard, another awesome bottle of Pinot Noir from Andy Smith. All destemmed and aged 15 months in 45% new French oak, its deeper ruby color is followed by a stunning nose of black raspberries, scorched earth, charcoal, forest floor, and candied orange zest. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully concentrated, it has some background oak to integrate, but offers perfect balance in its tannins and acidity, a great mid-palate, and a great finish. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following decade or more.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

2018 DuMOL Pinot Noir Jentoft Vineyard Ryan

Moving to the Pinot Noirs, this is easily the finest lineup I've tasted from Andy Smith. These are magical wines that check in at the top of the vintage. The 2018 Pinot Noir Jentoft Vineyard Ryan comes from the Russian River Valley and was all destemmed and spent 15 months in 40% new French oak. This is classic Pinot Noir all the way with its ripe black raspberry, baking spices, forest floor, background oak, and earth. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it's seamless, flawlessly balanced, and has a great, great finish. It's a stunning example of world-class Pinot Noir to enjoy over the coming 10-15 years or so.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

  $87 1

Moving to the Pinot Noirs, this is easily the finest lineup I've tasted from Andy Smith. These are magical wines that check in at the top of the vintage. The 2018 Pinot Noir Jentoft Vineyard Ryan comes from the Russian River Valley and was all destemmed and spent 15 months in 40% new French oak. This is classic Pinot Noir all the way with its ripe black raspberry, baking spices, forest floor, background oak, and earth. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it's seamless, flawlessly balanced, and has a great, great finish. It's a stunning example of world-class Pinot Noir to enjoy over the coming 10-15 years or so.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

2018 DuMOL Pinot Noir Wester Reach

As with the Chardonnay, the 2018 Pinot Noir Wester Reach goes out to distribution only as opposed to being offered through the mailing list. As such, it's made in reasonable quantities, and there are 4,000 cases of the 2018. Lots of spice box, foresty, earthy notes, spring flowers, and a core of black raspberry fruit all give way to a more medium-bodied, elegant, silky wine that has no hard edges, ripe tannins, and the class to shine for 7-8 years. It's a beautiful wine as well as a terrific introduction into the wines of DuMOL.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

  $69 1

As with the Chardonnay, the 2018 Pinot Noir Wester Reach goes out to distribution only as opposed to being offered through the mailing list. As such, it's made in reasonable quantities, and there are 4,000 cases of the 2018. Lots of spice box, foresty, earthy notes, spring flowers, and a core of black raspberry fruit all give way to a more medium-bodied, elegant, silky wine that has no hard edges, ripe tannins, and the class to shine for 7-8 years. It's a beautiful wine as well as a terrific introduction into the wines of DuMOL.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

2018 DuMOL Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard

This iconic vineyard in Carneros produced a bevy of beautiful wines in 2018, and the 2018 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is no exception. I always find a tropical note on the nose from this vineyard, and this wine has lots of tart pineapple, exotic flowers, lemon zest, baking spices, and salty minerality to go with a pure, medium to full-bodied profile on the palate. The texture here is straight-up brilliant, its acidity is perfectly integrated, it has subtle background oak, and a great, great finish. It shows the more approachable style of the vintage and is already hard to resist, yet it promises to keep for 7-8 years.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

  $67 1

This iconic vineyard in Carneros produced a bevy of beautiful wines in 2018, and the 2018 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is no exception. I always find a tropical note on the nose from this vineyard, and this wine has lots of tart pineapple, exotic flowers, lemon zest, baking spices, and salty minerality to go with a pure, medium to full-bodied profile on the palate. The texture here is straight-up brilliant, its acidity is perfectly integrated, it has subtle background oak, and a great, great finish. It shows the more approachable style of the vintage and is already hard to resist, yet it promises to keep for 7-8 years.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

2018 DuMOL Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard Chloe

The 2018 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard Chloe is a more rounded, fleshy effort that still plays in the vibrant, more chiseled style favored by this estate. Beautiful crushed citrus, pineapple, Meyer lemon, and white flower notes all dominate the bouquet, and this beauty hits the palate with a rich yet racy style that carries loads of fruit and texture as well as bright acidity. I love it, and while it's great today, it promises to shine for 7-8 years and have a gradual evolution beyond that as well.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

  $65 1

The 2018 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard Chloe is a more rounded, fleshy effort that still plays in the vibrant, more chiseled style favored by this estate. Beautiful crushed citrus, pineapple, Meyer lemon, and white flower notes all dominate the bouquet, and this beauty hits the palate with a rich yet racy style that carries loads of fruit and texture as well as bright acidity. I love it, and while it's great today, it promises to shine for 7-8 years and have a gradual evolution beyond that as well.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

2018 DuMOL Chardonnay DuMOL Estate

From the estate vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and all Mt. Eden clone, the 2018 Chardonnay DuMOL Estate was barrel fermented and spent 11 months in barrel followed by 6 months in stainless steel. Its light gold color is followed by a rocking bouquet of ripe pears, white flowers, nectarines, and peaches. Medium to full-bodied, with beautiful purity and finesse as well as ample mid-palate depth, it's a terrific, almost Burgundian Chardonnay that's going to benefit from a year or three of bottle age and evolve for over a decade.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

  $65 1

From the estate vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and all Mt. Eden clone, the 2018 Chardonnay DuMOL Estate was barrel fermented and spent 11 months in barrel followed by 6 months in stainless steel. Its light gold color is followed by a rocking bouquet of ripe pears, white flowers, nectarines, and peaches. Medium to full-bodied, with beautiful purity and finesse as well as ample mid-palate depth, it's a terrific, almost Burgundian Chardonnay that's going to benefit from a year or three of bottle age and evolve for over a decade.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

2018 DuMOL Chardonnay Wester Reach

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.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.

  $56 1

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.

This was easily the finest set of releases I have tasted from winemaker Andy Smith.