The Donum Ranch covers the slopes of three hills in the Carneros region just north of San Pablo Bay. Nestled amid these hills is a diverse collection of Dijon clones and heirloom selections of Pinot Noir, which provide layering and complexity for our Estate blend. Our Carneros Estate Grown Pinot Noir comes from the best blocks in our vineyard and is a selection of the most appealing barrels within each lot, resulting in a wine that perfectly balances elegance and richness, while expressing the unique terroir of Carneros.TECH SHEET Acquire
West Slope comes from the middle portion of our west-sloping 4-90 vineyard block, a 5.5-acre site at the Donum Ranch. The 4-90 block is planted to the Donum Selection of pinot noir, which has always been the mainstay clone of our Donum Carneros Pinot Noir. Beginning in 2007, as the vines developed further depth and complexity with age, this block cried out to be bottled as a stand-alone, and the West Slope bottling was born. The West Slope truly represents the culmination of our search for the top Pinot Noir terroirs in Carneros. With the vines at full maturity, the West Slope delivers perfectly ripe fruit and remarkable complexity seemingly every vintage.TECH SHEET Acquire
Our 1870 Pinot Noir takes its named for the stone ruins of a stagecoach stop, built in 1870, which remain in the center of our Estate today. This wine is released only in exceptional vintages, and represents the best blend our Estate vineyard has to offer. The spiritual heir to our much-loved Tenth Anniversary Pinot Noir, the 1870 shows the richness and depth that can be achieved in Carneros with rigorous farming, winemaking, and barrel selection.TECH SHEET Acquire
Knowledge of our beautiful topography allows us to identify distinctive units within the vineyard, and the East Slope is a great example. Bathed in morning sunlight, East Slope is one of our coolest sites, and the Calera heritage selection of Pinot Noir thrives there. Prone to uneven set and mixed large and small berries ("hens and chicks"), the East Slope is far from a copy of our West Slope, instead representing a more elegant and ethereal counterweight to the concentration and focus displayed by the West Slope.TECH SHEET Acquire
Carneros is renowned for stellar Chardonnay, so although our project is focused on Pinot, we couldn’t resist planting a small block of Chardonnay. The selection of Old Wente Chardonnay came to us as budwood from the Winery Lake and Larry Hyde vineyards. It’s a charming field selection, yielding a host of aromas and flavors from classic apple to banana to floral, including the occasional heady perfume of a musqué cluster. While Pinot is our obsession, we love drinking this Chardonnay, and wanted to offer you the same opportunity.TECH SHEET Acquire
When our Russian River Vineyard was planted in 1997 by Anne Moller-Racke and Joe Nugent, 11 acres were planted to Dijon clones 115 and 667. In 2008 we decided to plant 5 more acres on an adjacent plot, this time to Pommard clone. The idea was that in these slightly more gravelly soils, the Pommard clone would thrive and produce an elegant, perfumed wine to play off of the rich, powerful dark fruit flavors produced by the Dijon clones. We named this block of Pommard clone “Ten Oaks” after the ten majestic trees that border it on two sides.TECH SHEET Acquire
Our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir comes from the Winside vineyard, planted in 1997 by Anne Moller-Racke and Joe Nugent to a selection of pinot noir clones. The natural variations in soil across the vineyard, along with the blend of clones, results in a complex wine, with richness, elegance and finesse. Fog from the Pacific generally recedes fairly early in the day resulting in plenty of sun, but prevailing winds from the west keep this site cooler in the afternoon, allowing for extended hang time.TECH SHEET Acquire
The Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir is sourced from the 16-acre Winside Vineyard located in the heart of the Russian River Valley that was planned and planted by Anne Moller-Racke in the mid-1990's. Always one of our richest and most full-bodied wines, the Russian River Reserve is selected from the best barrels from the best lots, and is typically a mix of Pommard and Dijon 667. The result is a wine of depth, complexity, and power.TECH SHEET Acquire
Donum’s first wines from the Angel Camp vineyard in the “deep end” of the Anderson Valley were made in 2011, and we learn more about the vineyard with each passing harvest. Situated on a knoll north of Philo, where ocean fog keeps temperatures cool much of the summer, seven different clones of Pinot Noir are planted in volcanic, sandy soils with an intricate topography. This variety in the vineyard gives us plenty to work with in the cellar, and the Anderson Valley bottling is a barrel-selected blend from all of these blocks.TECH SHEET Acquire
The Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir represents a blend of the very best barrels from this impressive vineyard. With seven different clones planted, the vineyard provides a vast array of raw material, presenting a unique blending challenge. When we decided to work with Anderson Valley fruit, our goal was to create a wine that stays true to the terroir of the region but also expresses the Donum style of Pinot Noir. This elegant, expressive, and balanced Pinot Noir is exactly what we had in mind.TECH SHEET Acquire
The best Pinot Noir I've tasted all year ...
Greg WalterPinot Report
Few vintners in Carneros are more capable at growing Pinot Noir than Anne Moller-Racke, who has farmed wine grapes in the region for nearly 30 years. Donum wines are routinely outstanding, typically among the highest scoring Pinot Noirs from the region.
Your wines have achieved a level of excellence that few wineries attain in California.
Rusty GaffneyPrince of Pinot
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