2013 Carneros Estate-Grown Pinot NoirCarneros California
The Donum Estate has been called the "Ultimate Pinot Noir Project" by PinotFile, the first wine newsletter exclusively devoted to Pinotphiles. Since the Donum Estate's first release in 2001, Donum founder and winegrower, Anne Moeller-Racke, has remained committed to growing Pinot Noir based upon a Burgundian grand cru model of estate farming. A Caraneros grower form over three decades, Anne has worked alongside the industry's foremost authorities, including Andre Tchelistcheff, Dr. Phil Freese and Dr. Paul Skinner. As the caretaker for Donum's three estate vineyards -- most notably the 47 acres planted to heirloom and Dijon clone Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on Donum's 147-acre Carneros ranch -- her focus is on crafting wines that not only exhibit regional character, but also possess intensity, grace and power. With just a decade under its belt, Donum has secured a reputation as one of California's top producers of cellar-worthy Pinot Noir.
This medium-bodied dark ruby-colored Pinot offers pleasant cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruits, soft forest floor notes, fresh acids and soft tannins. Only 479 cases produced. 90 points Wine Spectator (5/31/2014); 90 points Robert Parker. Best from 2015 through 2024. Only 479 cases produced. 14.5% ABV DIR