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Senior editor James Laube, Wine Spectator's expert on the wines of California, joined the magazine in 1983.
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Catching a Sonoma Pinot at the Right Height

DuMol Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Finn 2002

James Laube
Posted: June 24, 2009

I drank this California Pinot while watching game five of the NBA finals. Caught it at the perfect moment, like Kobe Bryant finishing off a well-executed alley-oop.

Fragrant, pleasantly mature and complex, with compelling ethereal wilted rose, cherry, blueberry and cranberry fruit that is still firm yet fleshy and soft at points. Ends with a hint of tar and savory herb notes. An hour later the DuMol's flavors are building to a wonderful crescendo. An exciting wine at its peak. 95 points, non-blind.

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