C. Donatiello Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2006
Awards Accolades: <strong>91 Points</strong> - <em>Wine News</em> - Feathered garnet hue. Attractive cherry and rose petal aromas with a hint of orange zest. Rather soft, creamy entry with plenty of cherry fruit; firm tannins and drying mineral notes surface in the finish.<br/><br/> <strong>90 Points</strong> - <em>Burghoung.com</em> - A really lovely red and blue pinot fruit nose trimmed in just a touch of wood is nuanced by subtle spice hints that continue onto the rich, seductive, round and velvety medium-bodied flavors that possess good depth and lovely texture on the solidly persistent finish. If there is a nit, this perhaps lacks a bit of delineation and there is a trace of warmth but overall, this is really quite good and worth a look. 2010+<br/><br/> <strong>Pinot File</strong> - A blend from the estate owned Floodgate Vineyard (clones 667, 777) on Trenton Hills Rd (not to be confused with the former Floodgate Vineyard in Anderson Valley), and estate owned Maddie’s Vineyard (Pommard clone), both in the Russian River Valley. Aged in 40% new French oak barrels. A moderately light wine with admirable finesse. Classic Pinot perfume of red fruits and savory herbs. On the palate there are red stone fruits veering toward raisin. The wine finishes with bracing acidity.<br/><br/> <strong>San Francisco Chronicle</strong> - Cherry, ripe strawberry, a bit of sandalwood and plenty of oak spice on the nose give way to buoyant, tart berry fruit with exotic citrus highlights; underlying mineral grip, nice structure and increased acidity on the finish<br/><br/> About This Wine: Seamless, balanced, and imbued with a sense of place, our 2006 Russian River Pinot Noir marries the warmth of ripe, sunny fruit to the powerful viticulture born from the Russian River valley’s ideal climate. Featuring notes of spicy black pepper, dried cranberries, mocha, and cherry, it comes on strong and finishes clean.<br/><br/> <strong>Nose:</strong> Spicy black pepper, dried cranberries, cola, mocha and cherry.<br/><br/> <strong>Palate:</strong> A classic Russian River Pinot Noir. Bright and clean, with deeply layered favors of raspberry, and rhubarb which give way to favors of cinnamon and chocolate. The finish is clean and long with balanced tannins, acidity and oak.<br/><br/> <strong>Vintage Notes:</strong> 2006 was a challenging year weather-wise, and a great deal of time was spent in the vineyard working and watching the crop. A cool, wet spring delayed bud break, fowering and fruit set. In June, it looked like the harvest would be three to four weeks later than average—later even than 2005—which was considered a late year. Cool weather continued into July, which turned out to be a good thing when temperatures rose above 100 degrees for a few days. Often heat spikes will result in elevated sugar levels, and it can be a struggle to obtain the “hang time” necessary for full favors. The cool weather created the opposite effect, with favors developing ahead of sugars. Warm weather in August and September allowed for full ripening with excellent retention of acidity and minerality.<br/><br/> Pinot Noir from the 2006 vintage is showing expressive personality with pronounced minerality, concentrated favors and fne grained tannins as a result of naturally low crop levels and the cool growing season.<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard Insights:</strong> In creating our Russian River Pinot Noir, we source from a number of vineyard sites including our own Floodgate and Maddie’s Vineyards. Each site represents a unique expression of Russian River Valley terroir. We chose these vineyards to create a wine that exemplifes the classic character of Russian River Pinot Noir: big, luscious and velvety.<br/><br/> In addition to the Martini clone Old Vines blocks, Floodgate Vineyard includes just under 12 acres of hillside vines, which are predominantly Dijon clones 777 and 667. At just 10 years old, these relatively young are just beginning to reveal their full potential. These earlier ripening vines, which are perfect for cool climate areas, produce more structured and tannic wines than their more mature siblings.<br/><br/> Tiny by today’s standards, Maddie’s Vineyard contains just 3.5 acres of Pommard clone Pinot Noir. Late pruning, green harvesting and cluster selection, severely limit crop yields. Despite its very small size, the vineyard is picked three times to ensure optimum ripeness.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Between our privileged location and our impassioned winemakers, C. Donatiello is perfectly positioned to create the kind of powerful, graceful wines the Russian River Valley is famous for. Our wines reveal a distinct sense of terroir mingled with intense fruit. They are elegantly structured, immeasurably captivating, and uniquely <br/>C. Donatiello.<br/><br/> The People: <strong>Chris Donatiello:</strong> Chris spent many years in New York on the marketing side of wine and spirits, working with well known luxury brands. Eager to combine his business expertise, entrepreneurial spirit, and love of wine, Chris headed west to create a boutique winery in the Russian River Valley.<br/><br/> Chris likes to be challenged and moved. In his personal life, he chases after adventure by hitting the rugby pitch and rock climbing. In wine, he enjoys the challenge of working with classic varietals to evoke a powerful sense of place. His goal with C. Donatiello Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is to deliver an experience that is vivid, individualistic, and memorable. In doing so, he’s creating wine that exemplifies both the Russian River Valley, and the man behind its name.<br/><br/> <strong>Webster Marquez:</strong> Webster is a dyed-in-the-wool East Coaster who ended up in Northern California chasing after wine knowledge and experience. After two years of training as an Assistant Winemaker in the fairly unforgiving grape-growing climate of Virginia, he moved to Sonoma County and joined Williams Selyem.<br/><br/> At C. Donatiello, Webster helps craft wines that are representative of their terroir and are fun to drink. He does this by spending long hours in the vineyards and treating the grapes with care and respect in the winery. He especially loves making Russian River Valley wines because of the way they express their climate, vintage, and vineyard. In addition to his work at C. Donatiello, he co-owns a small label called Anthill Farms.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>HARVEST DATE:</strong> 09-07 through 10-01-2006<br/><br/> <strong>BARREL AGING:</strong> 10 Months<br/><br/> <strong>BARREL COMPOSITION:</strong> 100% French Oak; 40% New<br/><br/> <strong>BOTTLED:</strong> July 25, 2007<br/><br/> <strong>CASE PRODUCTION:</strong> 2,750<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.58<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 6.1 g/L<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.2%<br/><br/>
Out of NUMEROUS RRV Pinots I've had, this one stands out based on balance, silkiness and drinkability. Often times I am stuck with an overly rich earthiness on the nose of most Russian River Pinots that dilute the other flavors. NOT SO on the Donatiello Pinot. This one was way more delicate and beautiful to drink. The nose consists of light strawberry and cherry fruit, a little vanilla from the French oak and some spice, but just a little cinnamon. The first sip went down all too easy, as did the rest of the bottle. Wonderfully silky, fluid, slightly sweet berry fruit and brown sugar. There was literally no indication of tannins, but just a mild acidity. Kind of reminded me of a fresh summer berry pie with sugar sprinkled on the freshly baked pie crust. Pure heaven.... drink now, drink later, drink anywhere and any day! Absolute bliss in a bottle!!
Very rich but quite enjoyable to drink. Clean finish
Very clean & elegant. Traditional Russian River aromas of cherry, strwberry and cols. supurb lingering finish.
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