2013 Anderson Valley Pinot NoirAnderson 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.
Deep ruby in color with a hint of garnet, this wine displays classic Pinot aromas of Bing cherry, cranberry and briar, along with hints of plum and dried herb. The palate echos these red fruit flavors, with more raspberry and pomegranate, and a touch of iron or graphite. Medium in weight, but with loads of richness on the palate, its good acidity carries through on the finish, suggesting that this Pinot will continue to develop for years to come. Drink now through 2023. 14.1% ABV DIR