The 2012 Pinot Noir Two Brothers comes from multiple sites in the Sonoma Coast AVA, saw a splash of stems in the fermentation, and spent 18 months in roughly 30% new French oak. It offers enjoyable notes of baked cherries, spiced meats, forest floor, and dried herbs, medium-bodied richness, an evolved style and a clean finish. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years.
The 2012 Two Brothers bottling of Pinot Noir from Donelan is really a pretty and quite red fruity example of this varietal. The nose wafts from the glass in a stylish blend of strawberries, beetroot, fresh herb tones, a touch of cinnamon and a judicious framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and nicely light on its feet, with a good core, svelte tannins and fine length and grip on the tangy finish. This is not overly complex, but does a very nice job delivering its range of flavors and aromatics and a velvety and well-balanced format. Good juice. (Drink between 2015-2030)
Forty-one percent of this comes from the Snyder Ranch on Sonoma Mountain, 28% from the Mendocino Vineyard, 21% from the Western Sonoma Coast, with 10% from the Russian River. This is a big cuvée of 1,900 cases, which is a lot of wine for any cuvée from Joe Donelan. It was aged 18 months in about 30% new oak. The vineyards sourced are planted with Dijon Clones 115, 667 and 777 and a Calera selection. This is a very red-fruity, spicy, earthy style of Pinot Noir with forest floor, pomegranate, red cherry and redcurrant, lots of spice in a medium-bodied, tart style. It tastes as if some stems are involved in the fermentation (whole clusters). Drink it over the next 4-8 years. (RP)
Light in color with an herbal profile, this lightly textured wine offers tart cherry and dry tannins with a bite of oak on the finish. Having undergone partial whole-cluster fermentation (30%), it also has a forested, savory character, streaked in cedar and baking spice. Most of the grapes hail from Sonoma Mountain, rounded out by Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley and Mendocino fruit. (VB)
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