DuMOL 2012

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Big Robert Parker scores for this "fabulous producer" in what Jancis Robinson calls "a banner year" and California's "best vintage in decades". Compelling value but tiny quantities of DuMOL 2012...


Despite this Californian estate having just reached its 20th anniversary, DuMOL still remains a somewhat insider secret. Robert Parker says: "My instincts continue to suggest that this winery is still under consumers' radar. I find it difficult to understand why that should be, given the spectacular quality that has emerged from DuMOL for over a decade." However, DuMOL remaining under the radar helps keep the prices lower than those of their peers, reflected in the value on offer here.


DuMOL is a partnership between Kerry Murphy - Wine Advocate's Wine Personality of the Year 2005 - and Andy Smith - an experienced, well-travelled winemaker and formerly Paul Hobbs' Assistant Manager - that boasts some of the highest density plantings in North America and huge praise from both Robert Parker and Antonio Galloni (see below).


Robert Parker says: "According to Andy Smith, 2012 was one of DuMOL's greatest vintages, and after tasting the wines, I agree..." Parker's view is backed up in Wine Advocate's Vintage Charts, in which 2012 is the highest-ever rated vintage for Californian Chardonnay and the second highest-ever rated vintage for Californian Pinot Noir.


All this makes DuMOL's 2012s a very appealing prospect. However, many of these wines are produced in very small volumes of 500-1,000 cases with the majority being sold on a pre-release sign-up basis, availability is therefore extremely limited...

DuMOL Napa Sonoma California