2015 Cattleya Wines "Donum Vinyard" Pinot Noir SKU #1346587


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The story of Cattleya begins in Medellín, Colombia where winemaker Bibiana González Rave was born and raised before moving to France in search of a wine education. After finishing her initial technician diploma near Cognac, Bibiana followed that up with a degree in Oenology from the University of Bordeaux, working harvests at Château Haut-Brion and other top estates in the area. After picking up additional experience in both Burgundy and the Northern Rhône, as well a stint in South Africa, she made her way out to California and worked her way up into a head winemaking position at Lynmar in the Russian River region. It was in Sonoma that she finally found her heart's terroir, the ability to make wines that truly expressed her soul's intentions. So she decided to put down roots. Donum Vineyard is located to the east of Pratt Vineyard, in the Carneros AVA, and is planted with numerous clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The wine is lush on the palate, deeply concentrated with red fruit, but still loaded with aromatics and freshness on the finish.

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  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    What's amazing about Bibiana's work is that it encompasses fruit from all over California, from different ecosystems and climates, yet she manages to weave her own personal thread through each expression, leaving her clear mark on every wine she touches. This Donum Vineyard single vineyard pinot noir is so elegant, yet simultaneously full of life, much like Bibiana herself. Made with about 50% whole clusters, that added fruitiness lifts the silky texture of the body and adds lively aromatics to the concentrated nose. This is really good stuff.


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