Donati Family Vineyard Claret Paicines 2012
In the Glass
Darkest, inky ruby red color.
The nose is filled with the scents of ripe red cherry, nutmeg, cocoa bean, and mineral, with hints of dried herbs and toasted oak.
The palate confirms the nose delivering a rich and bold fruit centered core with hints of tart cherry supporting the ripe red cherry.
Intensity & Texture
Medium to full-bodied with great balance thanks to a fresh dose of acidity with soft, chewy tannins and great length.
I am a big fan of great blends that showcase an appellation and the skill and imagination of a winemaker.
At just over $20 this beautiful and hedonistic wine will find many happy buyers.
This is Donati's most popular wine. It's a blend of all five Bordeaux red varietals: 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 14% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot. It is aged for 19 months in barrel: 19% New French Oak, 3% New American Oak, and 78% Neutral Oak (Neutral oak is a term used for casks that have previously aged wine thus losing much of their potent flavors and now give subtle wood flavors while still offering a slow maturation.)
How to Enjoy
This wine needs nothing more than a glass but it is great with grilled sausages and hard cheeses.