Wine of the Week: DuMOL Finn Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009

DuMOL Finn Russian Rivery Valley Pinot Noir 2009:  This is a lesson in master blending.  It is rare to find a Pinot Noir comprised of grapes grown in three different vineyards that offers such complexity and flavor in a harmonious package.  The key is finding compatible fruit sources that are grown in similar (but not identical) conditions, and which play separate roles in the blend.  The DuMOL Finn 2009 bottling is comprised of a mix of Calera, Swan, and Martini Pinot selections, along with Dijon clones 943, 115 and 777, which were sourced from DuMOL’s Estate Vineyard and the Hanna Vineyard, both of which are off of Occidental Road, as well as the more northerly O’Connell Vineyard.  Each of these vineyards are located within a 10-minutes’ drive from each other in a hallowed Russian River Valley “Pinot Noir Triangle,” which runs from the corner of River Road and Laguna Road, south to Occidental Road, and as far east as Piezzi Road.  The DuMOL Estate Vineyard is the only one of the three that also technically resides in the more verdant Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River AVA, and the grapes from the home site provide a fresh, dark-fruit scented complement to the savory red-fruited notes attributed to the O’Connell Vineyard and the crisp, tangy notes from the Hanna fruit.  Translucent purple-ruby.  The aromatics are a divine bouquet of iris, lily, fruit blossoms, and black and red berries.  Refreshing on the attack, with lively berry fruits and a round, smooth texture.  Medium- to full-bodied, with a generous expression of richness on the midpalate and finish.  14.4% alc.  Drink now-2025.  (97+)

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