Donum Pinot Noir — Vineyard Designate

Cattleya Donum Vineyard Pinot Noir – 2016

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Cattleya Wines are the result of a deep and long love story between my soul and wine. I am Bibiana — born and raised in Columbia, trained as a winemaker in France and now growing roots in Sonoma county. All Cattleya wines are made with fruit sourced from beautiful sites, farmed by the greatest viticulturists and talented crews. My ultimate goal is to make wines with soul and character that are unique representatives of their terroir. My wine philosophy is simple: To produce unique wines of extreme purity, power and finesse. Cattleya is my life’s work.

Vineyard Notes

Located in the coolest area of the Carneros-Sonoma coast AVA, this vineyard impresses by its history, the quality of the fruit produced and its importance in California Pinot Noir production. Once part of the traditional Buena Vista Carneros vineyard, the Donum estate was developed and planted in 1989-1990 under a different name. Anne Moller- Racke, viticulturist & vineyard manager, was the driving force of the development and planting of the 45-acre estate. Her passion for winegrowing and her deep knowledge of Pinot Noir in Carneros were essential reasons for me to initially approach her in 2012 to purchase to approach her in 2012 to purchase fruit.

Winemaking Notes

Roederer clone was harvested on September 26th. Fruit was 100% destemmed. After a 10 day cold soaking, fermentation began and punch downs were done daily throughout maceration. The wine fermented on the skins for 16 days, then was drained and barrelled down for malolactic fermentation and aging. After 11 months in 33% new oak, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Critic’s tasting note

Beautiful black raspberry, sous bois, decayed flowers, and savory notes all flow to a medium to full- bodied, seamless Pinot Noir that has ripe tannin, a seamless texture, and a great, great finish. It’s another world-class effort from this estate that will compete with the best out there.

 — Jeb Dunnuck, 

Donum Pinot Noir Tasting Notes

2016 by the numbers

Aging: 33% New Oak
Alc: 14.2% vol.
pH: 3.63
TA: 5.6 g/l
Production: 56 cases