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The December 2022 Auction: Part 1

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Auction Ends: 12/1/2022 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #898. DuMol Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard Isobel 2014

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Score: 94 WA.
"The 2014 Chardonnay Isobel Charles Heintz Vineyard has a very earthy/savory nose with notes of fallen leaves and moss over a core of lemon curd and grapefruit peel. The medium-bodied palate has a wonderful intensity of citrus and earthy flavors supported by lively acidity, finishing long with an herbal lift. Around 60-65% of the grapes used for DuMOL are estate grown with vineyards on Sonoma Coast and at Flax Estate in Russian River Valley, equating to around 18,000 cases total production. Andy Smith has been the viticulturalist and winemaker at DuMOL for 19 years, although he has had considerable experience elsewhere, having worked spates at Dry River in New Zealand and Littorai on the Sonoma Coast. His crafting of the Chardonnays and Pinots at DuMOL has edged notably towards a more elegant and refined style over the years. Until 2013, he was also making Cabernet-based wines at Larkmead in Napa Valley. Not wanting to let go of all that experience and the challenge of making great Cabernet Sauvignon, this year DuMOL will for the first time release a new Napa Valley wine: a 2014 blend of two cooler AVAs, Spring Mountain and Coombsville. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a blend specifically of these two sub-regions, but as readers will see from my tasting note, it works." Wine Advocate #229, Feb 2017
Provenance: The Camion Cellar
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $160

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