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dumol

1400 American Way

Windsor, CA 95492

(707) 948-7144

dumol.com

 

Winemaker: Andy Smith
Forum Contact: Jenna Davis, Associate Winemaker

 

“We live the wine. It’s not just a vocation. This is a project that comes from who we are and what we love.”
— Andy Smith, Winemaker, Viticulturist & Partner


Founded in 1996, DuMOL is a vineyard focused producer of cool-climate Russian River Valley Chardonnay,
Pinot Noir and Syrah, and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from exceptional vineyards. They are a “vineyard up”
winery with a fully integrated approach to winegrowing and winemaking. Working intimately with their many
unique sites — some for more than two decades — they strive to present the purest essence of the vineyard and
vintage. At 3,630 vines per acre, DuMOL’s estate parcels in the Russian River Valley are among the most densely
planted vineyards in North America.


Winemaker, viticulturist and partner, Andy Smith, has been at the helm of DuMOL’s continuous evolution since
1999. He and his close-knit team of three employ winemaking that is classical and intuitive, responsive to the needs
of each wine, with the least “technique” necessary. Andy explains, “Each bottling is built in the vineyard. Soil
types, microclimates, plant material, maturity levels, how the vines react to the growing conditions, how we
react to the vines – there are so many detailed variables. The nuance, the depth and complexity of the fruit that
results from those variables, that’s what we aim to achieve and translate to bottle: purity, vibrancy, freshness –
intensity without heaviness.”


DuMOL has held the core principle, since inception, to be responsible stewards for their surrounding environment
both in their vineyards and in their winemaking. Built in 2008, their winery was the first “green” facility in the
Windsor township, 100% solar powered and utilizing a bioreactor system to reduce all waste water impact from
winery processing activities to below that of a single-family household. Beyond its environmental considerations, the
winery was strategically designed by Andy Smith to optimize the vinification of DuMOL’s many individual wine
lots with custom small-lot fermentation tanks to include a Tuscan terracotta Amphora fermenter.


DuMOL crafts 23 wines – 16 vineyard designates and seven appellation blends. Released each spring, fall, and
winter, many of these wines are produced in small lots of less than 500 cases each.