Light garnet in the glass, with intense aromas of caramel, bacon, and candied red fruit. Slight sweet note on attack, bright raspberry and cherry, with strong tannins that border on the overbearing, but should integrate well over time. Very gamey and rich flavor that evolves over an hour or more in the glass. Better after an hour of air, but don't miss the opening aromas and sensations. There's a lot going on with this wine, all of it pretty stunning. Dashing out to get some more while I can and will enjoy watching this evolve.
Nose shows dark cherry, spiced raspberry, delicate complexity. Palette shows subtle fruit layers, acidity jumps out, medium tannins. Less obvious fruit than their other bottlings, this might be one for the cellar. Very nice style and well made wine, this should be singing soon. Second taste shows more linear bright dark cherry, dried fruit layers.
This wine appears to be a case study in "saving all the good fruit for the reserve offering". It's decent, but pales in comparison to the Russian River Reserve and the other wonderful Pinot offerings of Donum. The wine looks Garnet colored. The legs are Fast.
Someone had told me that Donum only made pinots "big enough for me" in 2008. Not so much. This wine has a huge nose of dark fruits and chocolate. The palate is big and juicy if simplistic. Loads of blackberries, more chocolate and some oak. Up front and delicious.