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Donelan Wines Cuvee Christine Syrah North Coast 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

There’s a real purity to the nose here showing off white pepper, smoke, a touch of matchstick, gamy fruit, green olive tapenade and some red berry notes. Impressively peppery. Rich and soft, this really flows over the tongue with a noticeable viscosity but no stickiness. The flavors mimic the nose: intense if purely rendered with red plum, green anise seed, a touch of mint and lovely gamy nuances, wrapped up in gently cedary oak. The finish shows off more spicy oak, but the fruit quickly regains the upper hand. A bit short today, this is a fine example of California power and Syrah typicity. 92pts

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Region: USA » California » North Coast

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Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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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.

Editorial Reviews for Donelan Wines Cuvee Christine Syrah North Coast

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,685
4.50 5
02/21/2012

There’s a real purity to the nose here showing off white pepper, smoke, a touch of matchstick, gamy fruit, green olive tapenade and some red berry notes. Impressively peppery. Rich and soft, this really flows over the tongue with a noticeable viscosity but no stickiness. The flavors mimic the nose: intense if purely rendered with red plum, green anise seed, a touch of mint and lovely gamy nuances, wrapped up in gently cedary oak. The finish shows off more spicy oak, but the fruit quickly regains the upper hand. A bit short today, this is a fine example of California power and Syrah typicity. 92pts


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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
4557977,445
3.50 5
02/17/2012

A bit of a musky aroma, and very juicy.


Snooth User: Kate Statton
8538361,079
3.50 5
02/20/2012

Pepper and leather with nice deep red fruit. A good example of what Syrah can be.



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