Leave the pretense at the door. Small warehouse winery intermingled with a few other brands, a custom crush facility and a wine storage business. Just putting out stellar wines year after year starting out as PAX and now evolving with a new winemaker into Donelan Family wines. Very personable staff and a hands on owner in Joe Donelan who spends much of his time calling customers on the phone to thank them for drinking his wines.
Dark fruit and earth on this funky wine with hints of tar and leather. Fruit is very bright and well developed, with a hint of medicine, drying tannins, and dark chocolate.
A treat right now but has an easy 8+ years in it. Smooth and balanced for how young it is. Dark, fruity with a nice mineral tone. Great finish.
dusty delicious tannins. This is a rich, high heat flavor bomb that tastes like a 2000 Bordeaux. I paired this with homemade beef ravioli. outstanding.
chewy and earthy with a nice kick of acidity. very CdP-eqsue. Pairs great with pork.
Splendid. I have to say that this year's line of Donelan Syrahs are extremely versatile and age worthy. I cannot say enough good things about the direction that Donelan is taking with their Syrahs.
I loved this wine! These wines have the provenance of great age-ability and I was expecting it to be a bit tight, it was simply delicious - try it if you are seeking that wow factor that's more indicative of the refined elegant wines of the Rhone Valley.
External Reviews for Donelan Syrah Russian River Valley Walker Vine Hill
The 2008 Donelan Syrah Walker Vine Hill (100% Syrah, 55% whole clusters) possesses slightly lower alcohol (15.6% versus 15.9% in 2007). It represents a hypothetical Euro/California hybrid blend. More concentrated than the 2007, the inky/purple-hued, ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2008 Donelan Syrah Walker Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml