Donum Estate Carneros Pinot Noir

The Estate Pinot Noir was blended from five different lots in 2012, which were harvested separately over about two weeks in October. Each block was hand harvested and sorted, with the fruit generally in exquisite condition thanks to the beautiful October weather.

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Donum Estate Carneros

Donum Estate Carneros Pinot Noir

About Donum Estate Carneros Pinot Noir:
The Estate Pinot Noir was blended from five different lots in 2012, which were harvested separately over about two weeks in October. Each block was hand harvested and sorted, with the fruit generally in exquisite condition thanks to the beautiful October weather. Cold-soaks lasted from 6 to 10 days, with fermentations lasting anywhere from 5 to 10 days. Throughout fermentation the cap was punched-down three or four times per day, to ensure proper extraction. The fermented wine was allowed to remain on the skins upon completion of fermentation for two to twelve days, with pressing occurring when tannins had reached the desired level. The free run wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel over a period of about 3 months.

Tasting Notes:
The 2012 Estate Pinot is medium ruby to garnet in color, with cherry, Asian spice, red plum, and maybe even candy apple on the nose. The palate shows rich black berry and cherry flavors, along with that classic Donum Estate flavor that we call sassafras, for lack of a better descriptor. Full and intense but with excellent structure this is showing remarkable complexity now, but will only get better with more time in bottle, as extra layers develop.

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