The Donum Estate Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
A selected fourteen barrels of Dijon 667, which yields deeply scented, earthy, dark fruit and excellent structure. The Reserve combines power with elegance and is a true stand- alone wine that sings in a strong, clear voice.
"The Russian River Reserve heads up these latest releases from one of California's top Pinot Noir producers, and, given the vintage challenges, this is a superb group indeed. Here, volume, depth and richness are all combined with clearly stated red cherry fruit with a hint of berryish sweetness carried brilliantly by the solid, slightly open, supple and lively mouthfeel. Its flavors hold on and on at the end, and if one can spot a bit of late-arriving heat, it will be ameliorated in service with rich foods like duck breasts in a savory wine sauce or a juicy rib roast."
"The 2011 Pinot Noir Reserve boasts the most saturated dark plum/ruby color of these Pinots, along with copious aromas of forest floor, red and black currants and earth. This well-endowed, rich, medium to full-bodied Pinot offers terrific purity, abundant texture and richness, a broad, Cote de Nuits-like, savory, floral and foresty character, and an exceptionally long finish. Enjoy this profound Russian River Pinot over the next 7-10 years. "
The Wine Advocate
"A rich, full-blown expression of ripe dark berry flavors, with raspberry, boysenberry, black licorice and subtle floral and spice notes. The texture is both supple and firm, leading to a lingering finish. Drink now through 2023. 343 cases made."
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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...
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Learn About Russian River
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...
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Learn About Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...
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