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The Donum Estate Year of the Ram Single Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 2015

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750ML / 13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2015 Estate Chardonnay in pale gold in color, with a nose of Key lime, lemon, paraffin, fresh cut wildflowers, and just a touch of caramel. Citrus flavors continue on the fresh and focused palate, with Meyer lemon joined by apple and pear, and a slight hint of honeycomb providing a surprising lushness. Floral and stonefruit linger on the pleasantly long and round finish.

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Estate Chardonnay offers notes of warm peaches, apricot preserves and apple pie with touches of croissant, acacia honey and toasted almonds. The palate is light to medium-bodied with a lively backbone lifting the intense stone fruit flavors to a good, long finish.
WE 91
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This estate white is full of crushed rock and wet stone elements that blend with tones of apple, oak and salt. Light bodied and restrained, it shows a wealth of structure and aging potential. Enjoy 2020–2025. Cellar Selection
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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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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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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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