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2011 DuMol Chardonnay Isobel Russian River Valley
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2014

(13.9% alcohol; from the Charles Heintz vineyard; partial malolactic fermentation):  Good bright yellow.  Very fresh aromas of pineapple and slate reminded me a bit of Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets.  On the palate, exotic tropical fruit flavors are grounded by a saline quality and enlivened by strong acidity.  Skinnier than normal for this bottling but stony, fresh and Burgundian.  DuMol's contract is for 40 tons of fruit, but Smith hand-selected just 14 owing to botrytis.  This 2011 was filtered while the rest of the DuMol chardonnays were lightly fined but not filtered.

88 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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