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WINE REVIEW: 2012 Donum Pinot Noir, Estate Grown, Carneros, CA ($68)

by Andrew Chalk



We waited a few years before tasting this wine because we know that Donum Estate can be worth the wait. This example doesn’t disappoint. It is a mature, sophisticated Pinot Noir that doesn’t just project fruit, in fact the fruit is present, but separately.


Appearance: Medium intense garnet hue.


Nose: Glorious forest-floor, mushrooms, ripe raspberries. Complex and ever re-balancing between the components.


Palate: Soft tannin, deep, resolved fruit and forest-floor attributes.


Warm lingering finish.