2014 Donum Pinot Noir RRV

Year: 2014
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 91
James Suckling: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.7%
Price :

"Presents an authoritative core of rich, earth- and licorice-laced blackberry and wild berry jam flavors, pushing ripeness in a pleasing manner. The size gives this a weighty presence, so short-term cellaring is recommended. Drink now through 2023. 627 cases made. -JL " (WS)

"Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley has expressive aromas of crushed red cherries, mulberries and black raspberries with touches of cinnamon stick, lavender, cloves and forest floor. Full-bodied with plenty of poise and finesse, the vibrant fruit layers are seamlessly matched by silky tannins and lively acidity, finishing long with the earthy nuances coming through." (WA)

"Plenty of forest flower and crushed berry aromas with hints of spice. Medium to full body, round tannins with a juicy finish. Drink or hold." (JS)

"Seductive and velvety, this concentrated Pinot Noir is richly layered in raspberry cherry cordial, cardamom and cola flavors. Pine and allspice notes contribute a homey spiciness as as the fullness of the wine lingers into a long finish." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir comes from the Winside vineyard, planted in 1997 by Anne Moller-Racke and Joe Nugent to 10 acres of Dijon 115 and 667. The natural variations in soil across the vineyard, along with the blend of clones, results in a complex wine, with richness from the 667 and elegance and finesse from the 115. Fog from the Pacific generally recedes fairly early in the day resulting in plenty of sun, but prevailing winds from the west keep this site cooler in the afternoon, allowing for extended hang time. Starting in 2012 we began to include some fruit from the Pommard block in the estate blend.

The 2014 Russian River shows dark cherry, plum and blueberry aromas straight away, with a floral, rose petal component coming through as the wine opens in the glass. The palate is lush and rich, with intense berry and fresh plum flavors framed by perfectly rounded tannins. The finish is long and intense, with a slight cranberry note emerging as the dark fruit flavors continue to linger. Though drinking well already, this wine is showing all the signs of a long future ahead of it. -Dan Fishman, winemaker