Russian River Valley, California
Wine Advocate 95 points! Vinous 91 points!
DuMOL Chardonnay Wester Reach is a superb Chardonnay from DuMOL family-owned high-elevation hillside vineyards in the Russian River Valley appellation. Winemaker Andy Smith is one of the most gifted and charismatic of a new generation of sophisticated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir specialists. Andy's stock-in-trade is intense Burgundian Chardonnays -- offering deep, mineral flavor with great texture and wonderful balance -- and Pinot Noirs of uncommon depth and complexity. Part of the secret is his winemaking regimen, which includes extended fermentations to enhance aromatics; elevage with a high percentage of solids, but with limited lees stirring; and no fining or filtration. But the real keys to the transcendent quality of DuMOL's wines are Andy's gift for blending sites, clones, and maturity levels to achieve chromatic diversity.
Orange zest, white flower, sweet sage and hay aromas yield to softer peach and apricot. The palate is full of energy and vigor with clear-cut fruit intensity and savory character. Ripe stone fruits dominate with an underscore of oatmeal and marzipan. Texture
builds with a core of old vine extract balanced with vibrant lime and oyster shell freshness. The finish is long, cleansing, and refined.
"The 2017 Chardonnay Wester Reach, DuMol's appellation wine, is a terrific introduction to this range. Rich, creamy and inviting, with lovely mid-palate depth, the 2017 has so much to offer. Lemon confit, white flowers and white pepper add brightness to this beautifully layered and expressive Chardonnay."-Vinous April/2020, 91 points
"The 2017 Chardonnay Wester Reach was barrel fermented and aged 12 months on the lees in 30% new oak. It has a mineral-driven nose of petrichor, honey, toasted almonds, Golden apple, white peach and notions of nectarine and hay. Light to medium-bodied, it's intensely fruited and packs in the savory layers and expressive honeyed notions, lifted by juicy acidity and finishing long, intense and focused. Lovely! 3,500 cases produced. Drink 2020-2030."-Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate, December/2019, 95 points!
Enjoy DuMOL Chardonnay Wester Reach with roast chicken, grilled salmon, and aged cheeses.