Jun 172014
C Donatiello Chardonnay Rowen’s Vineyard 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $38 – Rating 91

Aged for 10 months in French oak, this chardonnay is a real pleaser,C Donatiello Chardonnay Rowen's Vineyard 2012 offering a defined nose of baked red apple, cinnamon and pie spice. A round mouth-feel with balanced acidity. Flavors of ripe red apple, pear, ripe pineapple, Meyer lemon, Mexican vanilla and tropical notes. Citrus and minerality are focused in the finish. Buy This Wine

Mar 242014
C donatiello wineC. Donatiello Pinot Noir 2012, Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley, CA, $55 – Rating 93

Another excellent Pinot Noir from this outstanding Russian River Valley vineyard. Aromas abound of cherry, blueberry, red fruit and earthy spices. A soft and round mouth-feel but in a leaner style with balanced acidity. Integrated flavors of red cherry and chocolate with notes of strawberry, raspberry and spice. Interesting hints of espresso in the long finish. Great as a food accompaniment or just to enjoy for its own sake. Buy This Wine

Oct 032013
2011 C. Donatiello Winery Tina Marie Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA, $55 – Rating 92

Small artisan production of only 126 cases aged in 65% neutral oak allowing this Green Valley vineyard to speak. A complex nose of cherry and ripe plum with definite hints of bacon. On the palate,  balanced integrated tannins offer up a silky mouth-feel with vibrant food pairing acidity. Complex  notes of cherry, ripe raspberry, dark chocolate and blackberry with a touch of crispy bacon and terrior earthiness. A long finish with subtle saddle leather notes. Get this wine while you can. Buy This Wine