2019 DuMOL 'Chloe' Old Vines Chardonnay Russian River Valley California USA

$74.99 USD

Winemaker Notes
The 2019 Chloe Chardonnay showcases the warmer central Russian River Valley district, wholly distinct from the coastal southwest ridgelines featured in our other wines. The soils here are clay-dominant and amplify the wine’s deep flavor and broad, layered texture.

Our richest 2019 Chardonnay bottling, this wine seamlessly combines three low-yielding classic vineyards which effortlessly provide detail, nuance, power, and finesse. The concentration is offset by lilting acidity, which flickers and fades and provides a counterbalance to all this power.

Deep and intense aromatics of nectarine, apricot, mint leaf, chamomile, and flint. The flavors are expressive and generous with wave upon wave of ripe stone fruits and lemon oil. Layered and expansive, the wine’s deep concentration builds through the palate to a rising finish of mineral-infused acidity and lingering notes of almond and honey. Serve at 58F - not too cold - and drink between 2022 and 2028.

No press of yet, but here is what they said about the previous vintage:

The 2018 Chardonnay Chloe Ritchie Vineyard is the last vintage of Ritchie Vineyard from Dumol, a vineyard designate they have made for 20 years. "The old vines are no longer economic," says Dumol winemaker Andy Smith, "so there's a replanting scheme going on." The Ritchie goes out with a bang—it's a gorgeous wine, offering youthfully shy hints of tangerine, hazelnuts, flint and honey-oat character. The palate is medium-bodied, silky, concentrated and expansive with dynamic acidity to lift the rich fruit, lingering in the mouth for a very long finish. It will benefit from another three to five years in bottle and should be very long lived. Wow! 750 cases produced.
Rated 95 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2018 Chardonnay Chloe Ritchie Vineyard offers a beguiling interplay of rich, dense fruit and super-expressive aromatics that make for a complete and deeply satisfying wine from this highly regarded site.
Rated 95 Points Vinous