Being the only contemporary wine brand of the region, the Donati family has pioneered the rediscovery of the Paicines AVA, a region that receives the last influence of the cooling winds from the Pacific, bridging the gap between California's frigid coast and torrid central valley. Donati's 2010 Claret (what the Brits call red wine from Bordeaux) is a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The goal at Donati is to make a wine that is much more elegant than an un-blended Cabernet: the fruit is more red than black; there is a subtle hint of vanilla and spice; and, the tannins are soft. Food match: standing rib roast with truffle sauce.
|It’s no secret Italians have a love for the vine in their blood – Ron Donati is no different. In 1998 when he purchased the Paicines property his vision was for his son, Matt Donati, to grow high quality, unique grapes from the 9th oldest AVA in California. Soon, after rave reviews of the fruit, Ron Donati (ever the business man) got to thinking… good grapes make great wine. Thus is born Donati Family Vineyard.
In 2003 we produced Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Meritage, and Claret, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc. We held these in bottle until 2005 when we started hand selling the product to great restaurants, and boutique wine shops. Again, our ears were burning with positive reviews and re-orders from our customers. We had so many requests from the public to get their hands on this wine - we couldn’t turn them down. Though Paicines offers a lovely home for our grapes, with a population of 204 - it’s not the best place for a Tasting Room, so we chose Templeton, CA (right outside of Paso Robles) for our new home.