WINEMAKER(S)
Joe Nielsen

2017 AUCTION LOT NO. 18

Sonoma County Barrel Auction
Donelan Family Wines
Hidden Gem

Pinot Noir
Devoto Vineyard
Sonoma Coast
2016
5 CASES PRODUCED
Sonoma County

ABOUT THE WINE

The team at Donelan Family Wines maintains that the best wine comes from unique sites. They apply their knowledge and experience toward identifying not only optimal vineyards, but also the most desirable qualities in each block, parcel and row. Donelan is not interested in making the average of any single vineyard (even if it’s very good). Instead, they isolate the best of the best by segmenting vineyards based on natural variation within even the smallest sites. Their journey has taken them from producing exceptional Rhône varietal wines, to seeking out Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards tucked away across this diverse county.

Along this journey Donelan discovered a beautiful site farmed by local apple grower, Stan Devoto. Situated west of Sebastopol on a 450-foot bluff of Goldridge soil, the vineyard produces small, tight clusters of intense dark fruit. This never-before bottling, sourced from a one acre plot of Clone 667, illustrates Donelan Family Wines’ desire to produce a captivating single-vineyard wine from a highly-unique, rarified terroir you simply won’t find anywhere else.

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE

March 2018

ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE

May 2018

A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and booked within a year of receipt.