The Donum Estate Ten Oaks Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  2012 Front Label
The Donum Estate Ten Oaks Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  2012 Front Label

The Donum Estate Ten Oaks Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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  • RP90
  • CG90
750ML / 13.4% ABV
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750ML / 13.4% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2012 Ten Oaks is slightly more full-bodied than the 2011, but maintains the elegant, refreshing style we are striving toward. Light ruby garnet in color with a nose of pomegranate, cherry, cranberry, and sandalwood, the aromas pop out of the glass, with perhaps a hint of cola. The palate shows fresh cherry and raspberry flavors, along with a bit of cocoa and earthiness. Bright and fruity at first, this wine turns more serious as layers of flavor build on the finish.

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WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
From an estate-farmed property in the Russian River, this otherwise Carneros-based producer shows it can handle different conditions with aplomb, taking its foot off the pedal a touch in terms of power and concentration in this wine. Floral, soft and silky, it remains complex in red and black berry, with handfuls of truffled earth.
BH 91
This flirts with reduction and while it's subtle, it's enough to take the top notes off of the red cherry, currant and subtle plum scents; if you're going to try a bottle young I would suggest decanting it for 20 minutes or so first. The lush, round and very generously proportioned medium-bodied flavors possess a highly seductive mid-palate before concluding in a dusty finish that really fans out. I like the complexity and if your taste runs to big, bold and rich Pinots, this would make for a good choice.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Donum lets the vineyards do the talking for them, and they have a low alcohol (13.4%) cuvee called the 2012 Pinot Noir Ten Oaks. Its dark ruby color is followed by notes of pomegranate, red currants, sweet cherries and incense. Medium-bodied, pure and elegant with a hint of wild strawberries, it is reminiscent of a premier cru Beaune. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
CG 90
Connoisseurs' Guide
*One Star* Bright and alive with lots of vital, young, red cherry fruit played against modest oak and touches of dried brush in the nose, the Ten Oaks bottling is at once velvety and vital on the palate as well, and its wonderfully continuous flavors exhibit altogether striking precision and length. It is as well-balanced as any of the Donum efforts and ever so slightly lighter on its feet than most, and, while its combination of richness and real grace makes it a Pinot that is easily approached now, it is structured to keep and improve for several years.
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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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While the Russian River Valley is a large appellation with multiple climate zones and soil types, it is best known for cool-climate varieties, with Pinot Noir as the most celebrated. The grapes benefit from a reliable late afternoon flow of Pacific Ocean fog through the Petaluma Gap and along the Russian River Valley that ensures slow and steady ripening and the preservation of grape acidity. Today many of California’s most highly regarded Pinot Noir vineyards are in the Russian River Valley, along with its sub-appellation, Green Valley.

Historically Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs had bright red fruit and delicate earthy, mineral notes. But changes in viticultural and winemaking practices have led to stylistic changes in some of the region’s wines. Adjustments to canopy management, among other techniques, have resulted in riper fruit and bolder wines as well. These show flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cola, spice and darker, loamy earth tones, accenting traditional Pinot Noir notes of strawberry, raspberry and light cherry.

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