2012 Donum Estate "Ten Oaks" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Allen Meadows - Burghound
This flirts with reduction and while it's subtle, it's enough to take the top notes off of the red cherry, currant and subtle plum scents; if you're going to try a bottle young I would suggest decanting it for 20 minutes or so first. The lush, round and very generously proportioned medium-bodied flavors possess a highly seductive mid-palate before concluding in a dusty finish that really fans out. I like the complexity and if your taste runs to big, bold and rich Pinots, this would make for a good choice.
From an estate-farmed property in the Russian River, this otherwise Carneros-based producer shows it can handle different conditions with aplomb, taking its foot off the pedal a touch in terms of power and concentration in this wine. Floral, soft and silky, it remains complex in red and black berry, with handfuls of truffled earth. (VB)
*One Star* Bright and alive with lots of vital, young, red cherry fruit played against modest oak and touches of dried brush in the nose, the Ten Oaks bottling is at once velvety and vital on the palate as well, and its wonderfully continuous flavors exhibit altogether striking precision and length. It is as well-balanced as any of the Donum efforts and ever so slightly lighter on its feet than most, and, while its combination of richness and real grace makes it a Pinot that is easily approached now, it is structured to keep and improve for several years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Donum lets the vineyards do the talking for them, and they have a low alcohol (13.4%) cuvée called the 2012 Pinot Noir Ten Oaks. Its dark ruby color is followed by notes of pomegranate, red currants, sweet cherries and incense. Medium-bodied, pure and elegant with a hint of wild strawberries, it is reminiscent of a premier cru Beaune. Drink it over the next 5-6 years. (RP)
Fresh and snappy, with vibrant mineral, red berry, spice and red licorice flavors. Ends with firm, fine-grained tannins and good length. Drink now through 2022. (JL)