DuMOL Wester Reach Pinot Noir 2016
Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
This debut of “Wester Reach” Pinot Noir comprises some of the most famous sites in Russian River Valley, vineyards that we have planted, farmed and harvested over the past twenty years. By selecting fruit from a spectrum of vineyards – from the interior plains of the Russian River Valley stretching west to our more coastal sites – we created a wine that is complete, complex and finely detailed. We build this blend in the vineyard, understanding how each site contributes signature fruit character, be it the richness and breadth of our valley floor parcels, the taut precision and structure of our ridgeline parcels, or the focus and intensity of our coastal parcels.
Complex, layered aromas – red cherry, black pepper, hibiscus and orange peel – are wonderfully bright and fresh while cranberry and pomegranate, wild thyme and underbrush lend fine detail. The broad fruit entry possesses great lift – juicy and vibrant, then immediately deep and layered. The mid-palate is succulent and round with cherry liqueur and rhubarb flavors which extend on fresh acidity through the long, black peppercorn-infused finish. Drink between 2018 and 2026.
Jeb Dunnuck - 92 points
Leading off the Pinot Noirs, the 2016 Pinot Noir Wester Reach is one of the releases that only goes out to distribution and isn’t offered on the mailing list. It’s a textbook wine from this estate and is ideal for readers looking to understanding the style of this estate. Wild strawberry, violets, and forest floor aromas and flavors, medium body, light tannin, and a charming, layered, balanced style all make for a brilliant Russian River Pinot Noir to drink over the coming 4-5 years.