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The Donum Estate Carneros Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2016

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2016 Carneros Estate opens with a note of sassafras and salty air that seems to be the signature of our terroir, which is joined by aromas of Bing cherry, fresh red currant, raspberry, pomegranate, and subtle notes of marzipan and rosemary. Juicy black cherry, berry, and plum aromas dominate the palate, with subtle dried herb notes. While still tight at this young age, there is massive concentration and depth, with structure and a surprising delicacy that suggests the wine has a long life ahead of it.

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JS 94
James Suckling
A bold and rounder fruit expression with some lifted red fruit and very velvety, silky-smooth texture on the palate. Ripe red-cherry and spicy plum finish. Impressive power here. Drink or hold.
JD 93
Jeb Dunnuck
From the southern end of Napa Valley in the cooler Carneros AVA, the 2016 Pinot Noir Carneros Estate is a blend of both younger and older vines and spent 16 months in 55% new French oak. It’s another classic, balanced wine from this estate and has a beautiful array of spice, forest floor, black cherries, and black raspberries on the nose. Fully destemmed, it shines for its purity of fruit and overall classic style. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
This offers tensile, grippy flavors of roasted plum and dried raspberry, with hints of pomegranate. Cola and spice details show on the finish. Drink now through 2022.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Carneros Estate Pinot Noir (aged in 62% new French oak) is medium ruby-purple colored with beautiful black and red cherries, mulberries and dried herbs with touches of cinnamon stick and lavender. The palate is medium-bodied, fine, fresh and elegant with an alluring chewy frame and great freshness on the finish.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
This is an intensely earthy wine, rich in forest floor, grilled mushroom, black tea and rose aromas. The core of the wine is fleshy and full bodied, with black currant and cassis fruits.
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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 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.
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Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The cooling winds from the abutting San Pablo Bay, combined with lots of midday California sunshine, create an ideal environment for producing wines with a perfect balance of crisp acidity and well-ripened fruit.

This cooler pocket of California lends itself to growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Carneros is an important source of sparkling wines made in the style of Champagne as well.

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