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DuMOL Winery tractor in vineyard

Founded in 1996, DuMOL is a vineyard focused producer of cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from distinctive vineyards in the extreme southwestern part of the Russian River Valley. We also grow and craft small-lot Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Viognier from exceptional vineyard sites in Sonoma and Napa, expanding upon twenty-five years of winegrowing experience.

Through precise attention to detail in the vineyards and vintage-specific winegrowing and winemaking, we aim to create wines that highlight the purity of place. Our small team is dedicated to our portfolio of Estate, leased, and grower-partner vineyards. DuMOL wines are released through limited allocations to our consumer mailing list and select restaurants worldwide.

About Team

The Team

We live the wine. It’s not just a vocation. It’s very much who we are. Both livelihood and passion. It’s what gets us up in the morning. This is a project that comes from who we are and what we love.

About Press

There’s tremendous personal satisfaction in creating wines that inspire contemplation – and we are encouraged by the feedback our efforts have garnered.

Hooray for Chardonnay: A Global Guide to the World's Best Bottles

Wine Enthusiast

While still wildly popular, Chardonnay in Napa and Sonoma trends more specialized and site-specific. Grape growers and winemakers now give it the same thought and scrupulous attention once reserved for Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir...Such effort shows in some of our favorite selections, which come from relatively cool sites and small producers.

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Seeing 20/20 – Sonoma & Anderson Valley Preview

Antonio Galloni

Super-impressed...Andy Smith continues to grow the range thoughtfully. The Chardonnays and Pinots remain the strong suits, mostly because they form the core of the range and have really been fine tuned over time....The wines are rich, deep and full of character....Both the 2017s and 2018s are vivid and super-expressive.

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DuMOL and the Great Scot

Tim Fish

Other Sonoma County estates may produce a broad range of wines, but DuMOL is among the few that have mastered Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Sonoma: 2017 Vintage

Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate

2017 was a great vintage for this estate, and Smith says, “2017 is one of my favorite vintages for Chardonnay. We had lots of tiny berries with thick skins, which plays right into our style."

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Visiting Sonoma

Rose Murray Brown

One of my missions on my recent California trip was to find decent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which could compete with Burgundy.

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15 Delicious Chardonnays to Drink Now

Food & Wine Magazine

The top wine in a blind tasting of 17 Sonoma Chardonnays I participated in recently in California, DuMOL's Wester Reach is savory and complex, its firm acidity highlighting its exotic citrus (think yuzu), tree fruit (white peach), and spice flavors.

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The 2017s From Sonoma

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2017 Flax Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir is a complete, complex, brilliant Russian River Valley Pinot Noir that’s going to have two decades of longevity.

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Best New Releases from Sonoma and Beyond

Antonio Galloni

Andy Smith and his team turned out a brilliant set of wines in 2017 ... The bottled 2016s are just as compelling from bottle as they were last year from barrel.

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Uncorked in Napa Valley...

Chandra Kurt

The DuMOL wines rank as absolute Chardonnay highlights...the energy and force in this dynamic [2016 Hyde Vineyard] Chardonnay are evident at the first sip.

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California Eden

Rose Murray Brown MW

What sets Smith apart from his winemaking peers is his vineyard experience and his relentless experimentation to achieve perfection.

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Washington Wine Blog

Dr. Owen Bargreen

I am not going out on a limb by saying that this is an extraordinary new lineup by DuMOL. It is hard to find a winery that provides the depth of lineup that DuMOL exudes.

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Scores Aren’t Everything & Best of 2018

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

Producing lots of small lots of wines from a small selection of different grape varieties (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier and Syrah)—the standard of quality and expression of site is phenomenally consistent at DuMOL with too many great new releases to recommend individually. What’s more, the prices for the quality (most wines are $60-$80 per bottle on mailing list release) will blow you away. This is one mailing list you don’t want to miss being on.

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Wineries to Watch in 2019

Rose Murray Brown

As viticulturalist and winemaker . . . [Andy Smith's] style has evolved from richer wines to subtler lighter styles. His range is superb, I particularly enjoyed DuMOL Pinot Noir 2009 from his Coffee Lane vineyard.

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The Story of California Chardonnay

Elaine Chukan Brown for JancisRobinson.com

By 2003 when the winery began planting their own estate vineyard in the Russian River Valley known as Green Valley, Smith made the decision to establish a vineyard in a manner that would support greater freshness but also more nuance in the wines.

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How to be the perfect host(ess)?

Jancis Robinson

My plan had been to serve a California Chardonnay from the cool Sonoma Coast – made, incidentally, by a Scottish winemaker – DuMOL's Isobel Chardonnay 2013.

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Where the Wild Things Are

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

Andy Smith has been the viticulturalist and winemaker at DuMOL for 20 years. His crafting of the Chardonnays and Pinots has edged notably towards a more elegant and refined style over the years.

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Brilliance from Sonoma

Jeb Dunnuck

Stylistically, Smith makes a fresh, vibrant style of wine, yet I never find them lacking for depth and or texture....[The] Chardonnays... are made in a reductive, age-worthy style and the clear majority have distinctly Burgundian profiles... [and] the top Pinot Noirs are certainly up with the crème de la crème of the region. ...DuMol also produces a handful of world-class Syrahs, as well as one of the top examples of Viognier coming out of California. Both the 2015s and 2016s reviewed here are terrific wines...

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Sonoma's Stellar 2016s

Antonio Galloni

My tasting at DuMOL was one of the highlights of my January trip to Sonoma…2016 and 2015 are fabulous back to back vintages at DuMOL. This range is seriously impressive.

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Wine-Pages.com

Tom Cannavan

An unusually refined marriage between the glorious ripeness and sweetness of fruit from California, and the restraint and finesses one might expect from a classic European region.

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Washington Wine Blog

Dr. Owen Bargreen

The current releases by DuMOL were outstanding across the board. One of the great California Chardonnays that I have tried in the past year...

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BBC Scotland

BBC Scotland

Andy Smith once swam competitively for Scotland; now he’s making Napa Valley wines drunk by royalty and presidents.

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Vinography.com

Alder Yarrow

...some current wines from DuMOL, a winery in the Russian River Valley that has long employed the talented Andy Smith as winemaker...

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Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews

Elaine Brown

Smith has agreed to spend the day driving me through DuMOL vineyards. We’re discussing the region but also his evolution as a winemaker.

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