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| ||Tasted by ramclain on 11/28/2014 & rated 89 points: Past it's prime, with aeration it improved tremendously. (134 views)|
| ||Tasted by ramclain on 3/24/2014 & rated 87 points: Not great right now, has been better. Needs decanting. (321 views)|
| ||Tasted by ramclain on 6/6/2012 & rated 93 points: Paired with a beef stew and this wine was awesome! Very complex and full of flavor, this wine has aged really well! I'd say right at the peak of drinking right now! (1109 views)|
| ||Tasted by richardhod on 11/23/2011 & rated 84 points: Drinkable, pleasant, though won't change the world. Bargain at $6 on case sale. (1781 views)|
| ||Tasted by Parnelli on 7/1/2011 & rated 85 points: Good everyday syrah, but a little 'thin' to me. (1246 views)|
| ||Tasted by Parnelli on 5/26/2011 & rated 85 points: Nothing great to report ... tasted 'a little thin'. Of the 4 varieties purchased of Donati, this one was the weakest. (1194 views)|
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Donati Family Vineyard Producer website
FAMILY. ESTATE. VISION. That’s the Donati Family, as is evidenced upon first glimpse of their spectacular estate vineyard. The Donatis came to Paicines (pronounced pie see ness), in California’s Central Coast, in 1998 when they purchased land that would soon become home to Matt Donati and his family. Since then, Matt and his father Ron, engaged in planting the family vineyard and planning their state-of-the-art winery. Today, the guiding principles of quality and cooperation, along with a steadfast work-ethic, underscore all that is accomplished in the busy days on the family vineyard. “Our philosophy is to grow grapes of the highest possible quality, so that wines made from our fruit can meet the quality expectations of our customers,” says Matt. “This requires attention to detail, evaluation of new grape growing and winemaking methods and technologies, and a passion for serving our customers.” This is done in a groundbreaking environment, as the Donatis expect to establish the Paicines AVA (American Viticultural Area) as a growing region with the potential of neighboring Mt. Harlan AVA (Calera Winery) and Chalone AVA (Chalone Vineyard).
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California California Wines (Wine Institute of California)
California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.
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