Donelan Syrah Russian River Valley Walker Vine Hill 2010

Member Review by aronowm2:

Well contained fruit bomb. My white wine drinking neighbor had a glass and fell in love with Donelan. While this is young and ripe, a nice long decant does the trick and it opens up like a flower within 30 minutes.

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Donelan Family Wines:
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.

Member Reviews for Donelan Syrah Russian River Valley Walker Vine Hill

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Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/07/2011

Well contained fruit bomb. My white wine drinking neighbor had a glass and fell in love with Donelan. While this is young and ripe, a nice long decant does the trick and it opens up like a flower within 30 minutes.


4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/08/2011

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.


Snooth User: outthere
3244434,183
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/20/2010

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.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

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.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 05/09/2011

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.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 05/01/2011

chewy and earthy with a nice kick of acidity. very CdP-eqsue. Pairs great with pork.


Snooth User: seerah
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 12/20/2010

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.


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Vintage: 2008 09/22/2010

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



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