Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards

Owner(s) Elliott Dolin, Lynn Dolin
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Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards This label was inspired by a backyard Chardonnay vineyard Elliott and Lynn Dolin planted behind their Malibu home in 2006. Since its launch in 2005, Dolin has emerged as one of the leading producers in the burgeoning Malibu Coast, a region poised to attain AVA status in early 2014. After three vintages of Chardonnay, the winery is expanding its Malibu production to include several more wines from the region and by the middle of 2014 will release a line of Central Coast Pinot Noir wines from notable vineyards such as Talley Rincon, Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills. The winemaker is Kirby Anderson who crafts the wines in a Central Coast facility.

Reviewed Wines

2011 Dolin Estate Malibu Estate Vineyard Los Angeles County Chardonnay

14.4% alc., 230 cases, $39. From a backyard vineyard planted behind the Malibu home of Elliott and Lynn Dolin. Situated on a south-facing slope open to the morning coastal marine layer, afternoon sun, gentle ocean winds, and cool evenings. The Dijon 96 vines are planted in volcanic basalt soils beneath a surface layer of clay. 100% barrel fermented for 10 months in 25% new French oak barrels. 100% MLF. Third vintage. Vinified in the Central Coast by winemaker Kirby Anderson. · Moderate golden yellow and clear in the glass. Aromas of dried pineapple, citrus, honey, and toasted brioche lead to attractive flavors of peach, lemon curd, pineapple, vanilla and a subtle saline note. Some welcoming creaminess in the mouth with modest fullness and brightness on the finish. An interesting wine from a unique site that has character. Score: 88. Reviewed February 22, 2014 ARTICLE »