DuMOL Chloe Ritchie-Lorenzo Chardonnay 2016DuMOL
Origin: Russian River, Sonoma County, California, USA
93 pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 97 pts Jeb Dunnuck, 94 pts Vinous
Coming from the Ritchie vineyard in Russian River Valley, the 2016 Chardonnay Chloe opens with tropical scents of pineapple and guava plus hints of honeydew melon, allspice and acacia honey. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with bold exotic fruit flavors packaged in a seductively oily texture, delivering just enough freshness and a long spicy finish. (LPB) (12/2018)
Winemaker's Notes: The majesty of Ritchie Vineyard really comes to the fore in this vintage – it’s my favorite bottling for ‘Chloe’ since 2005. This wine is all about vineyard-derived power and richness, the kind of natural density that only comes from the greatest sites in California, of which Ritchie is in the upper tier. There’s wave upon wave of intensity and concentration alongside great breadth and length, but this never comes at the expense of focus, precision nor ultimately, elegance. The mid-palate has richness and density, but the wine is always alive and energetic due to prominent cool season citrus acidity. There’s no excess weight or clumsy billowing texture, all the component parts are focused upon delivering the powerful vineyard signature – wrapped up in spine tingling freshness. A wonderful wine and one of the stars of the vintage.
Founded in 1996, DuMOL is a vineyard focused producer of cool-climate Russian River Valley Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from exceptional vineyards. They are a “vineyard up” winery with a fully integrated approach to winegrowing and winemaking. Working intimately with their many unique sites — some for more than two decades — they strive to present the purest essence of the vineyard and vintage. At 3,630 vines per acre, DuMOL’s estate parcels in the Russian River Valley are among the most densely planted vineyards in North America.