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As a young boy, Ron Donati grew up in South San Francisco, the son of a first generation Italian-American family. One of his fondest memories was the sights and smells of his grandfather making wine in his basement. I can relate to that because my Dad is right off the boat from Italy, and my Mom from Brazil. Like most Italian immigrants, Albino Donati made his own wine for the family dinner table. As an adult, Ron became a successful entrepreneur with a penchant for making quality products that were attainable to all, not just a select few. This same passion serves as the foundation and guiding mission of Donati Family Vineyard today. These guys make some pretty stellar wine at prices way below where they should be. A lot of that has to do with the fact that they're not from Napa or Sonoma.

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Paicines is located in the center of coastal California, a little over an hour from San Jose to the north and Monterey to the west. Years after the early Mission vineyard plantings were long abandoned, the Paicines growing region was rediscovered 35-40 years ago by Almaden (one of the many crappy jug wine producers of the early 80's, ew!) It was again deserted as a bulk brand growing region for more lucrative areas, and is now being reclaimed, this time as a high-end grape growing region. Donati Family Vineyard is the only brand located in the Paicines appellation, although there are approximately five other vineyards located in the appellation, growing primarily Bordeaux varieties. Neighboring appellations are home to Calera Wine Company, Chalone Vineyard, Leal Vineyards and DeRose Vineyards.

The quaint town of Paicines, population 204, consists of a country store, restaurant, and post office, all in one convenient building. Sounds like the Donati's have a lot of time on their hands... maybe that's why they're making such great wine?!

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Donati 2012 Ezio Cabernet Sauvignon
Regularly Priced at $29.99
$25.49 with 4-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French, American and Hungarian oak for 23 months. Black cherry, leather, and toast aromas explode from the glass, but not in an over-the-top Napa way. So incredibly balanced with a rich mid-palate, lush tannins and soft acidity. If this Cab was from Napa Valley it would easily be twice the price! 1,246 cases produced.


Donati 2014 Cabernet Franc
Regularly Priced at $24.99
$18.79 with 4-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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82% Cabernet Franc ~ 11% Merlot ~ 7% Grenache

Aged 20 months in French & American Oak. It has a bursting bouquet of boysenberry and dark chocolate and those flavors come right through on the palate of berry, tannins and not even a hint of green-ness that you get in a lot of Cab Franc. I don't know how they do it?! 535 cases produced.

 

Donati 2013 Claret
Regularly Priced at $17.99
$13.49 with 4-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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48% Cabernet Sauvignon ~ 30% Merlot ~ 9% Malbec
12% Cabernet Franc ~ 1% Petit Verdot
2,816 cases produced.

Critical Acclaim
91 Points


Wine Enthusiast - "All five Bordeaux varieties are blended into this wine that offers boysenberries, violets, black pepper and sweet tar on the nose. The palate is decorated with a complex mix of blackberry, purple florals, dark chocolate and espresso bean, proving meaty and well spiced. Editor's Choice"

 

Donati 2015 Pinot Blanc
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$14.99 with 4-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

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100% Pinot Blanc (not to be confused with Pinot Grigio OR Sauvignon Blanc!) fermented in stainless steel. Aromas of banana and honeydew melon prep your palate for the tropical notes... BAM, Springtime in a glass! It has a creaminess to it which cleans up nicely with a crisp, crunchy-acid finish.

248 cases produced.

 

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