DuMOL Pinot Noir Estate 2011 – One of America’s True Grand Crus


Christopher’s Wine Country Connection


DuMOL Pinot Noir Estate 2011Dumol Estate Pinot
(93-95) points Wine Advocate

~ When it comes to reference point Pinot Noir, there are TWO estates on the planet which growers of this uber-luscious, ever-fickle varietal consider vanguards: Domaine de la Romanee Conti & Domaine Leroy.

~ So when DuMOL’s 2011 Estate recently recorded a potential 95 point ranking from The Wine Advocate, serious Pinot aficionados took note!

~ Why? For vintage 2011, The Wine Advocate bestowed a similar 95 points upon Domaine Leroy’s Grand Cru Richebourg.

~ The difference? Leroy’s 2011 Richebourg will set you back a cool $3000!

~ DuMOL’s 2011 Estate Pinot:

Retails at:  $100/btl
Your Price: $94.99/btl

From Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:

The flagship 2011 Pinot Noir Estate DuMol Estate is all about balance and harmony. Nothing in particular stands out, just the wine’s stunning balance and proportion. Deep, rich and voluptuous yet backed up by serious tannins, the 2011 is an infant today. It will be great fun to see where this goes. Today, the Dumol Estate is pure sexiness in the glass! Amazingly, these vines are just seven years old. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.” 
(93-95) points


DuMOL


From The Pinot File:

“Since its beginning in 1996, DuMOL has had a stellar lineup of wines which today includes Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier. Partners Michael Verlander, Kerry Dumol CellarMurphy and winemaker/partner Andy Smith tend to lead a low profile with very minimal public exposure and let their wines speak for themselves.

Verlander and Murphy met in 1990 when Murphy was dining in Verlander’s Walnut Creek restaurant. Murphy had been collecting wines from Burgundy since he sold his family tire business, Murphy’s Inc., to Goodyear in 1987. The two men decided to start DuMOL in 1996. The first year they produced 300 cases split evenly between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Dutton Ranch.

The winemaker and viticulturist since 2000 is talented Andy Smith who became a partner in the winery in 2005. Prior to coming to DuMOL, he studied under Neil McCallum (Dry River, Martinborough), Ted Lemon (Littorai) and Paul Hobbs.”

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All the best in wine & life,

Christopher
Wine Country Connection

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Walter Hansel “Cahill Lane” Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2010 ~ One of THIS Country’s Most Prominent!


Christopher’s Wine Country Connection


Walter Hansel “Cahill Lane” Hansell
Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2010
93 points, “Striking”
Wine Advocate

~ For as long as I have been following California Chardonnay (more than a decade), Walter Hansel Winery has been counted among the top half dozen when considering this country’s best producers of extremely high quality, consistently noteworthy bottlers of that varietal. When it comes to Chardonnay from America, few do it as well – as consistently – as Walter Hansel Winery.

~ Robert Parker echoed that sentiment when he reported: “For a winery founded only in 1996 (situated down the road from Dehlinger and Kistler), this estate is on fire, producing Burgundian-styled offerings that are the products of natural yeast fermentations, gentle handling in the cellars, with the Pinot Noirs kept on their lees, and no fining or filtration at bottling. If readers have not yet tasted the wines of Walter Hansel, they are missing some stunning wines.”

Walter Hansel “Cahill Lane” Chardonnay 2010

MSRP: $50
Your price: $39


~Walter Hansel Winery ~


From that inaugural review of Walter Hansel Winery’s Chardonnays, these single vineyard designated treasures have been increasingly difficult to acquire. Today, while my allocation remains, I offer you a shot at what the Wine Advocate dubbed “Striking”.

“One of the more overt wines in the lineup, the 2010 Chardonnay Cahill Lane blossoms from the glass with tropical fruit, honey, smoke, licorice and incense. Exotic in its aromas and flavors and oily in texture, the Cahill Lane captures a striking balance of depth and richness but without any excess heaviness. The personality of these Wente clones comes through loud and clear. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2015.”
93 points, Wine Advocate

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All the best in wine & life,

Christopher
Wine Country Connection

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Wine Country Connection ~ New Digs ~ New Offers

HUNDRED ACRE 2010 BottleShot

With more than a decade as the owner of Christopher’s Fine Wines (Houston, TX) a fond memory, my family and I relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where I have spent the past few years as the Senior Buyer for one of this nation’s most recognized Inc-500, on-line retailers, JJ Buckley. Now, having greatly expanded my contacts both in Europe as well as here on the West Coast, I am thrilled to once again be able to return to the business of offering some of my favorite vinous discoveries directly to those of you I have known for so many years (as well as quite a few new folks I have been referred to along the way).

Having recently joined a new company – Wine Country Connection – as their European Wine Buyer and Account Manager, I thought this would be a great time to begin posting about some of the wonderful wines my company has access to being based right here in the middle of wine country. Wine Country Connection is based in Sonoma, and as such has direct access to some of this country’s most sought after wines. Now that I’ve had a week of sending offers to my client base via email, here’s one recap of some of our most oft-requested wines.

(I’ll endeavor to upload more of my offers to this blog so my readers here have an opportunity to see what Wine Country Connection is all about.)

If you’re reading my blog and would like to receive these weekly offers via email, please send me a note via chambertin@sbcglobal.net.

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Cabernet & Proprietary Red Blends Update:

As Cabernet continues its dominance as the most important and popular varietal in the States, I have received multiple inquiries as to our current availability of the more important offerings from the North Coast.

Within this list you will find our most up to date offering to include some of the most prominent vignerons of the current generation. Names such as Philippe Melka, Luc Morlet, Heidi Barrett and Jayson Woodbridge are just a few of the great winemakers we work with to build our coveted collection.

Please email me directly with your preferences and I will update you with current availability as well as pricing.

And if you know of someone who would appreciate receiving this list, PLEASE forward to them with my appreciations!

AURIELLE Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008 – 94 points CG

DARIOUSH Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Napa Valley 2008 – 90 points RP

MELKA “CJ” Napa Valley 2008 – 90 points RP

SADDLEBACK Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008 – 92 points WE

 

ANOMALY Cabernet Sauvignon St Helena 2009 – 92 points WE

SEAVEY “Caravina” Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009 – 92 points WA

DARMS LANE Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009 – 93 points WE

DOMINUS 2009 – 97 RP

ROBERT MONDAVI Cabernet Sauvignon “Reserve” Napa Valley 2009 – 94 points WA & ST

MORLET Cabernet Sauvignon “Coeur de Vallee” Oakville, Napa 2009 – 95-97 points RP

PAHLMEYER 2009 – 94 points WS

ROBERT FOLEY Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009 – 94 points WS

SEQUUM Cabernet Sauvignon “Four Soil” Napa Valley 2009 – 94 points WE

STAGLIN Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford, Napa 2009 – 95 points RP

WORLD’S END Cabernet Sauvignon “Good Times, Bad Times”

Beckstoffer To Kalon, Oakville, Napa – 96 points WE

 

ALTAMURA Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010 – 94 points WS

BLACK CORDON Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010 – 93 points CG

DOMINUS 2010 – 100 points RP

HOLLYWOOD & VINE Cabernet Sauvignon “2480” Napa Valley 2010 – 93 points WA

HUNDRED ACRE Cabernet Sauvignon “Ark” Howell Mountain, Napa 2010 – 95-97 points WA

KAMEN Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma 2010 – 93+ points WA

LA SIRENA by Heidi Barrett Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010 – 93-94+ points WA

MONTAGNA Cabernet Sauvignon “Tre Vigneti” Napa Valley 2010 – 92 points WA

PAHLMEYER 2010 – 95+ points WA

ROBERT FOLEY Claret Napa 2010 – 96 points RP

VINEYARD 29 Vineyard 29 “Cru” Napa 2010 – 93 points WA

All the best in wine & life,

Christopher

chambertin@sbcglobal.net

 

Updates from The Greats – Donelan Family Wines

 

Donelan Family Wines

If you have plans for being in the Sonoma area in early August, add this event to your itinerary, NOW.

For ME, when it comes to selecting the top 5 or so greatest experiences my palate has enjoyed, considering wines from America, there will simply not be a better offer to come our way this year. For true Syrah aficionados, Grenache fanatics or lovers of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Hermitage, Donelan Family Wines (formerly known as Pax) bottles the most expressive, sublime, powerful and hedonistic single-vineyard-designated and blended wines of this generation.

I have been drinking and collecting these exquisite wines for many vintages now. I encourage you to do the same.

Donelan Summer 2010 Open House and current offers:

via Donelan Summer 2010 Open House.

DONELAN FAMILY WINES – CHATEAUNEUF AND HERMITAGE FROM AMERICAN LEGENDS

 

Donelan Family (PAX)

If price alone predicates your daily “quaffer” selections, vinously speaking, then perhaps this collection will fall somewhere outside your comfort zone. But for ME, when it comes to selecting the top 5 or so greatest experiences my palate has enjoyed, considering wines from America, there will simply not be a better offer to come our way this year. For true Syrah aficionados, Grenache fanatics or lovers of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Hermitage, Donelan Family Wines (formerly known as Pax) bottles the most expressive, sublime, powerful and hedonistic single-vineyard-designated and blended wines of this generation.

I have been drinking and collecting these exquisite wines for many vintages now. I encourage you to do the same.

A Very Special Offer of Pax & Donelan Verticals.

Phenomenal Pinot – Roessler Direct to YOU

roessler

Hello again friends,

For several vintages now, including a couple of offers some of you enjoyed in the old wine shop, I’ve been discussing the wines from Roessler Cellars in Sonoma.  Home to some of the finest Pinot Noirs I not only have sold, but collect and regularly consume as well, Roessler routinely releases what many in the wine world consider some of this country’s most Burgundian-styled offers one may find.  With aromas, textures and balanced weight that combine to form pristine and focused wines unmatched by most in Sonoma, this is a winery you should seriously place on your radar.

In 2004, one of my most respected colleagues, Stephen Tanzer, described the Roessler “Bluejay” as offering “aromatics reminiscent of Burgundy”, high praise indeed from a wine writer and critic most of us in the professional wine writing world consider the most difficult palate on the planet.  Adding more high praise to Roessler, my personal favorite Pinot critic, Allen Meadows, AKA Burghound, described a 2004 Savoy as a wine that was “very pure” and one that would “please purists”, again giving a nod to we Burgundy drinkers.  It’s praise like this that sent me in search of these treasures in the first place.  I was NOT disappointed.

I have tasted all three of the wines you have an opportunity to latch onto today.  Each is a classic, deserving of its lofty scores and near cult status.  I’ve routinely scored the wines 90 and above for their purity, balance and sheer grace and the ability these offers have of expressing their individual terroirs is magical.  That’s the point of classic Pinot Noir; be they Burgundian, West Coast, or a magical marriage of the two, we true “purists”, as Burghound describes us, demand individuality.

And these Roesslers offer that by the bucket-full.

And priced at $99 for the 3 pack, this is the best deal out there!

 

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