2007 DuMOL Isobel Chardonnay
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Vinous (Antonio Galloni)The 2007 Chardonnay Isobel, which took almost a year to finish its malolactic fermentation, displays a slight greenish hue to its color, some smoky hazelnut notes intermixed with lemon butter, white peach, honeysuckle, and brioche. It is full-bodied, with great fruit, underlying minerality, and a sensational finish. Most of these wines seem to easily pass 20 seconds on the palate.
Robert ParkerSlightly more color is evident in the medium-straw/light gold-hued 2007 Chardonnay Isobel. It took nearly a year for this cuvee to finish its malolactic fermentation, and it reveals more roasted hazelnut, tropical fruit, honeysuckle, peach jam, and marmalade characteristics. Made from fruit grown in the Charles Heintz Vineyard (the source of terrific Chardonnays from other producers such as Williams-Selyem), DuMol’s offering possesses very good acidity, and is a candidate for a decade of aging.
Vinous (Stephen Tanzer)Vivid gold. Seductive, intensely perfumed aromas of pear, passion fruit and pineapple, with smoky lees and truffle adding complexity. Then rich, penetrating and sweet on the palate, with exotic fruit character and mounting spiciness. An impressive, mouthcoating wine with intriguing smoky, floral and mineral suggestions on the persistent finish. These grapes were sourced from the Charles Heintz vineyard, which Smith says "always gives opulent fruit."