2013 Russian River Valley Estate-Grown Reserve Pinot NoirRussian River Valley 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.
Vibrant ruby in color, this full-bodied Reserve Pinot combines power with elegance with its intense aromas of black currant, cherry, plum and pencil lead. The palate is more red-fruit driven with juicy flavors of Bing cherry, red currant, toasty oak and baking spice. Incredibly intense yet bright, the wine ends with hints of strawberry and blueberry lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 14.7% ABV DIR