2007 DuMOL Syrah Eddie’s Patch (Russian River Valley)

The nose is slightly closed still but shows blackberry, black pepper and damp earth. In the mouth it’s a nice balance of fruit and acidity meaning it’s not over the top with fruit. Blackberry, coconut and sassafras flavors lead the way with a peppery finish thats lingering. “Eddies Patch” is part of the Hoppe-Kelly Vineyard located in the cool northern end of the Russian River Valley. A great example of new world Syrah from California. Another outstanding effort from this very consistent producer.

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2007 DuMOL Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

Pale garnet in color. The nose had bold raspberry and cola notes. Nice mix of fruit and acidity on the palate with red cherry, raspberry and a mineral notes that lingers. This wine is a very good example of a California Pinot Noir. Big and bold but not over the top. Excellent.

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2007 Ridge Three Valleys Sonoma

Abundant aromas of wild berry and spice. In the mouth the wild berry continues and adds tart cherry, a nutty flavor and a hit of spice and tannin that firm up on the finish. Really stands up to hot and spicy food. Needs a little more time in the bottle.  A blend of 76% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah, 7% Syrah, 6% Grenache and 3% Carignane. The grapes are sourced from nine different vineyards throughout Sonoma County. The Three Valleys in the name refer to the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and the Russian River Valley. The wine is aged in 100% American oak barrels for nine months.

2006 DuMol Syrah RRV

Last bottle of this vintage 😦 This wine is a very dark hue of purple. Sweet black fruit and caramel aromas fill the glass. Plenty of black currant, blackberry and vanilla balanced nicely with a mineral edge and spicebox across the palate. The tannins are well integrated and linger well past the long finish. A lot going on but all in it’s place. The grapes for this vintage were sourced from throughout the Russian River Valley which explains it’s even composition. Another excellent wine from a very consistent producer of premium California style Syrah.

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2006 Martinelli Pinot Noir RRV

This Helen Turley made Russian River Valley Pinot Nior has a nice clear ruby red color. The nose is sweet raspberry and cherry. Across the palate it’s red fruit flavors carry over and add a good dose of mineral edge. The acidity is nicely balanced with the sweetness of the fruit. This Pinot is easy drinking and surprisingly polished for a $30 bottle.

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2006 DuMOL Syrah Russian River Valley (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

2006_DuMol_RRV_SyrahThis wine is a very dark hue of purple. Sweet black fruit and caramel aromas fill the glass. Plenty of black currant, blackberry and vanilla balanced nicely with a mineral edge and spicebox across the palate. The tannins are well integrated and linger well past the long finish. A lot going on but all in it’s place. The grapes for this vintage were sourced from throughout the Russian River Valley which explains it’s even composition. Another excellent winefrom a very consistent producer of premium California style Syrah.

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2006 DuMOL Chardonnay Chloe (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

dumol_chardonnay_2006In the glass it’s a light  yellow-gold color. This Chardonnay shows aromas of peach, kiwi and a touch of mineral.  The flavors are a complex mix of  nectarine, pear, green apple, oak and flint. Sounds like a lot going on however it’s not a big jumble but a nicely layered unfolding of flavors. This is not a Chardonnay for the faint of heart nor for those who prefer unoaked versions. The 2006  Chloe from DuMol sources fruit from the Ritchie Vineyard which is situated  in the center of the Russian River appellation. Another outstanding effort from this producer.

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2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

kosta-browne_rrvThe nose was cherry, raspberry and spice box. The flavors were bold and forward with ripe raspberry, cherry and vanilla leading the way with a hint of savory herbs andcola on the finish which is long and enjoyable. A very strong effort. This wine is at it’s peak now so drink up. Kosta Browne consistently produces some of the finest Pinot Noirs from Sonoma County. Dan Kosta and Michael Browne began their journey into wine from the restaurant industry. They produce small lots of high quality Pinot Noir and source grapes from the many different vineyards in the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley AVA’s. As many as seven different vineyards contributed to the final blend of this RRV designated Pinot. It will be hard to find but worth the search.

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2006 DuMOL Syrah Eddie’s Patch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

dumol_syrah_eddiesDeeply extracted color of India ink and purple.Rare beef and bramble-berry notes begin the journey which leads to mid palate flavors of Asian spice and blackberry. The tannins are fine grained and linger on the mid length finish. Not quite as fruit forward as one would expect from this producer but still outstanding nonetheless.

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Top Wines of 2008 Part 4

As we draw to the end of the year it’s time to start thinking about the best wines of the year. The wines are those that have been released in calendar year 2008 so mostly 2005 vintage with a few from 2004 and 2006. My top twenty wines will be a little different than most for a few reasons. First, the list will be dominated by red wines because that is what I prefer. I am sure there are many, many great white wines that should be on someones top list but I wouldn’t know because I don’t taste them. Second, the list will contain many new world wines. I don’t buy very many old world wines. The style I prefer is more new world so that is what I taste. Finally the wines on the list are wines that I have purchased with my hard earned dollars or something that I have tasted at a wine event either as a guest or a paid attendee. I am not on lists like Colgin or Screaming Eagle. I haven’t tasted these wines so I can’t very well offer an opinion except that they are overpriced no mater how good they taste. I am your typical wine enthusiast who has a wine budget. No one is sending me wine to taste for free (one can dream however).

Wines 5-2

5. 2005 Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

4. 2006 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Sonoma

3. 2005 Pride Napa & Sonoma Counties Merlot

2. 2005 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley