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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
The Donum Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2007
The Donum Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 102423)
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 PinotReport rating: 94 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Russian River Valley terroir, Dijon clones and the 2007 vintage have combined to produce our most sophisticated version of this wine to date. Whereas 2006 brought substantial yields, tight clusters and big berries, 2007 saw heat during bloom producing shatter and shot berries giving us a light crop – half the amount of the previous vintage. Small berries and open clusters provided great fruit intensity. We knew 2007 would be a great year, and it came together with an ease and flow now apparent in the wines.

"This Pinot Noir shows great depth with wonderfully ripe black fruit aromas, a core of pure black cherry, and delightful hints of mushroom, spice and forest floor. On the palate, the wine is viscous and silky, weighty yet exquisitely balanced, with a wealth of luscious wild berry and plumy flavors throughout a bright, persistent finish."
- Kenneth Juhasz, winemaker

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About The Donum Estate:

Since The Donum Estate's first release in 2001, Donum winegrower and founder, Anne Moller-Racke has remained committed to growing Pinot Noir based on a Burgundian grand cru model of estate farming. A Carneros grower for 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 rance - 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.