2008 DuMOL Clare Chardonnay
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With highly committed proprietor Kerry Murphy and talented winemaker Andy Smith, DuMol continues to be one of the most reliable names in winedom for high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Moreover, consumers should not overlook their top flight Viognier and blockbuster Syrahs. All of the Chardonnays are barrel-fermented and spend 18 months on their lees with monthly stirring. The percentage of new French oak used varies from around 45% to 55%.
Robert ParkerThe 2008 Chardonnay Clare is the most restrained and closed offering in this group. Also made from an old Wente clone in the well-known Hyde Vineyard in Carneros, it exhibits a stony, Corton-Charlemagne-like personality filled with notions of white currants, quince, crushed rocks and lemon oil. The wine possesses zesty acidity, a big, full-bodied mouthfeel and terrific purity, texture and length.
Vinous (Stephen Tanzer)Bright gold. Lively lime, honeysuckle, anise and mint aromas are complicated by deeper lichee and mango qualities. Sweet on entry, then firmer in the mid-palate, offering energetic citrus and floral flavors and a hint of toasty lees. Finishes with excellent clarity and spicy, floral persistence.