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Date Printed: 12/28/2014
The Donum Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2008
The Donum Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 116779)
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Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $71.99

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
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 PinotReport rating: 94 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Pinot Noir presents an intriguing nose full of ripe black cherry and plum aromas and laced with spice and forest floor nuances. On the mouth, the wine i s texturally rich and supple with ample black cherry flavors as well as black raspberry, sassafras and a touch of cinnamon that carry through a lengthy finish with deftly balanced acidity.
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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.