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The Donum Estate Carneros Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2011

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750ML / 14.3% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2011 Estate Pinot Noir is light ruby in color with aromas of raspberry, briar, Bing cherry, iron and earth. The palate shows berry and black cherry along with a spicy, sassafras-like note, and a hint of dried fruit. The 2011 is a bit lighter in weight than our typical estate Pinot, but still has wonderful intensity of flavor, with a long, earthy finish.

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WE 93
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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The dark ruby-colored 2011 Pinot Noir Estate Carneros offers pleasant cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit, Burgundian-like, soft forest floor notes, medium body, a round personality, soft tannins and fresh acids.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
A muscle-bound effort, offering loamy earth, road tar and dark berry flavors. Fairly tannic and gutsy, ending with ample grip. Best to lay this down. Best from 2015 through 2024. 479 cases made.
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Founded in 2001, the Donum Estate in the acclaimed wine region of Carneros brings to life a delicate balance between wine, land and art that has made it an international destination for enthusiasts and connoisseurs everywhere. Celebrating its 20th vintage this year, the Donum Estate creates single vineyard, single appellation Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from small lots that distinctly express the characteristics of each terroir. Each bottling represents a unique voice.

The Donum Estate spans over 200 acres, with nearly 150 planted. Its winemaking practices create environments in which the vines can thrive and produce the highest-quality fruit as possible, with as little intervention as possible. Sustainability is at the forefront of the Donum Estate vision—let the land lead. Donum, in fact, is Latin for Gift of the land.

More than 40 large-scale, open-air sculptures live harmoniously among the Donum Estate landscape and vineyards. Dotted throughout, each piece plays with scale, nature, and imagination. Many pieces were curated in collaboration with Donum’s owners and the artist, uniquely created to fit with the land. The collection brings together a global community of artists, including works from Ai Weiwei, Keith Haring, Subodh Gupta, Doug Aitken, and many more, with art lovers who themselves represent the world.

It’s the commitment to this partnership—between wine, land and art—that has created a truly interactive experience at the Donum Estate. To visit, and to enjoy its wine, is to feel the living, breathing balance that makes it come alive.

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As early as the 1970s Carneros became known as a source of terrific Pinot Noir, and was one of the first California regions to gain such a reputation. The combination of sunny days, cooling fog and thin clay soils are tailor-made for the variety. Another factor in Pinot Noir’s prominent place here is vintners’ willingness to experiment widely. The history of the grape in Carneros is marked by continuous research into clonal variations, viticultural techniques and site selection. Careful evaluation over time has revealed a signature flavor profile as well. Complex aromas and flavors of cherry, red berry, spice, earth and cola appear time and again in Carneros Pinot Noir. To this day the appellation remains one of California’s standard bearers for the variety.

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