2006 Donati Family Vineyard Paicines Claret

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This is the fourth vintage of the Donati Family's flagship wine dominated by Cab, but with complementary additions of Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot and Syrah. The wine is scented with dark red and black fruit and lots of spice, plus sweet vanillin and sage notes.

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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/14/2010  | Send Email
This big boy is no dummy but bright and juicy with round complex flavors. The Donati is a blend of Cab., Merlot , Cab. Franc and Petit Verdot, grapes that all play well together. This creative blend of grapes make the Donati such an easy and tasty wine to drink now. Great alone but best with red meats.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/9/2010  | Send Email
If you need a good medium to full bodied Cabernet blend to go with a steak, steer south east of the hype and high prices of Napa and check this tasty bottle out. I have to admit to being confused by the bottle- I am a native Californian, and have never lived anywhere else but here in the golden state, and I had to look up Paicines. It is midway between Hollister and the Pinnacles (think Chalone) in the center of the state, and apparently quite a good site for growing Bordeaux varietals in 2006. This is a great Cabernet blend at a very reasonable price.

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/24/2010  | Send Email
For anyone who drinks California Cabernet and Cab. blends this is simply the best value in the store. Rich yet balanced; deep but elegant; ripe, generous and beautifully proportioned, this easily compares to any $30.00 to 40.00 bottle I know of. In the past we sold this gem for close to $20.00 but recently negotiated and even better price. At 16 bucks this is a slam dunk.

 By: Justin Knorr |  Review Date: 1/24/2011 
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Sweet vanilla aromas fill the glass, backed by a dark berry jam. Initial spice on the tongue with a long dry, smooth finish. Excellent value.

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 By: Jeffrey Rolka |  Review Date: 11/14/2010 
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Fantastic. One of the best bangs for buck I have ever had!

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8