2013 Donum "Angel Camp Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1333938 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Fruit, wonderful fruit flavors drive this rich and ripe wine from the first whiff to the lingering finish. Very little obvious oak intrudes on the vivid strawberry, cherry and black currant notes that are backed by a firm but velvety texture of fine-grained tannins and good acidity. Save this wine until at least 2018 if you can, to allow more bottle bouquet to develop. *Editors' Choice* (JG)  (8/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Combines richness with elegance, restraint and finesse, delivering caressing blueberry and raspberry notes, and touches of spice, fresh earth, anise and light cedar. An altogether graceful style, with understated attributes. (JL)  (4/2016)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Moving beyond its usual Sonoma sites, Donum is one of a small handful of makers that are working with Anderson Valley's Angel Camp Vineyard, and the wine, while very rich and outgoing is not at all overdone and tempers its richness with lots of vital, very lively young fruit. It is engineered to be firm and ageworthy, yet it is never austere or unduly stiff, and, it joins its siblings in making the very believable promise that a few years of waiting will result in significant dividends. *Two Stars*  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "2013 marks the third release of two Donum wines from the Angel Camp vineyard in the "deep end" of the Anderson Valley, north of Philo, where ocean fog keeps temperatures cool much of the summer. After a few years working this vineyard, we feel we are really getting to know its intricacies, and the 2013s are the strongest wines to date. The vineyard is planted to seven different clones of Pinot Noir planted in volcanic, sandy soil at about 500 feet above sea level on a knoll with several different aspects. The Anderson Valley bottling represents a barrel-selected blend from all of these blocks."

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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 Sp├Ątburgunder 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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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gew├╝rztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.