The Donum Ranch covers the slopes of three hills in the Carneros region just north of San Pablo Bay. Nestled amid these hills is a 50-acre vineyard, planted to a diverse collection of Dijon clones and heirloom selections of Pinot Noir. Our Carneros Estate
Grown Pinot Noir not only comes from the best blocks in our vineyard – our grand cru sites – but also is a selection of the most appealing barrels within each lot. For the first time in 2015, the Donum Carneros Pinot Noir included fruit from our newest vineyard blocks at the front of the property as you drive in. Despite their young age, these vines are already showing exceptional quality, and over the coming years we expect to add even more fruit from these blocks to the Estate blend.
The Winside Vineyard is our second, smallest Estate vineyard located in the heart of the Russian River Valley AVA. Planted in 1997, Winside features 14 acres of Pinot Noir planted to different clones. The Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a blend from across these blocks; each is fermented separately in open-top stainless steel tanks and then undergoes secondary fermentation in French oak barrels. After 16 months of aging, we assemble the final blend from the finest barrels for each parcel.
Deep ruby with a purple core, the 2021 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir exhibits notes of plum, blackberry, roasted meat and toasted oak on the nose. The palate is broad and structured, with black cherry, vanilla bean and white pepper. Finishing long and smooth, with currant and baking spice lingering. Drink from 2023-2028.
Pommard, Calera, Donum, Dijon 667
August 26 — September 17, 2021
January 27, 2023
16 months in 55% new French oak
94 points hos James Suckling