2012 Donelan "Two Brothers" North Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1282324 Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2012 Pinot Noir Two Brothers comes from multiple sites in the Sonoma Coast AVA, saw a splash of stems in the fermentation, and spent 18 months in roughly 30% new French oak. It offers enjoyable notes of baked cherries, spiced meats, forest floor, and dried herbs, medium-bodied richness, an evolved style and a clean finish. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years.  (7/2017)

John Gilman

 The 2012 Two Brothers bottling of Pinot Noir from Donelan is really a pretty and quite red fruity example of this varietal. The nose wafts from the glass in a stylish blend of strawberries, beetroot, fresh herb tones, a touch of cinnamon and a judicious framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and nicely light on its feet, with a good core, svelte tannins and fine length and grip on the tangy finish. This is not overly complex, but does a very nice job delivering its range of flavors and aromatics and a velvety and well-balanced format. Good juice. (Drink between 2015-2030)  (7/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Forty-one percent of this comes from the Snyder Ranch on Sonoma Mountain, 28% from the Mendocino Vineyard, 21% from the Western Sonoma Coast, with 10% from the Russian River. This is a big cuvée of 1,900 cases, which is a lot of wine for any cuvée from Joe Donelan. It was aged 18 months in about 30% new oak. The vineyards sourced are planted with Dijon Clones 115, 667 and 777 and a Calera selection. This is a very red-fruity, spicy, earthy style of Pinot Noir with forest floor, pomegranate, red cherry and redcurrant, lots of spice in a medium-bodied, tart style. It tastes as if some stems are involved in the fermentation (whole clusters). Drink it over the next 4-8 years. (RP)  (12/2014)

Wine Enthusiast

 Light in color with an herbal profile, this lightly textured wine offers tart cherry and dry tannins with a bite of oak on the finish. Having undergone partial whole-cluster fermentation (30%), it also has a forested, savory character, streaked in cedar and baking spice. Most of the grapes hail from Sonoma Mountain, rounded out by Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley and Mendocino fruit. (VB)  (12/2014)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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.


- 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.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1