Donelan Walker Vine Hill Syrah 2013

$69.95

...Hermitage-like and full-bodied, with a dense purple color, notes of graphite, camphor, blackberries and cassis are all present as well as a flowery component that just seems to be part of the Donelan aromatic profile. This is seductive, lush, heady, but again structured and deep... Robert Parker

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Greg Ballington Delectable Pro

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

First winery on day two in Sonoma was Donelan Family Wines in Santa Rosa with Meredith. The last Rhone varietal red was the Walker Vine Hill Syrah. Sadly we were told that this was the last vintage that will be produced. This bottling is made up of 100% Syrah and is around 40-50% whole cluster fermented then aged for 20 months in 25% new French oak. 1,025 cases produced. Insanely dark and inky purplish ruby red, completely coats the glass. Dark berries on the start of the nose followed up by cinnamon, cocoa, blueberries and some dustiness. Medium plus tannins (7/10) with a full body. Rich and layered palate with red currants, red plums, even a touch of blue fruits and some solid minerality. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2028. (93+) $$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $75.00.

First winery on day two in Sonoma was Donelan Family Wines in Santa Rosa with Meredith. The last Rhone varietal red was the Walker Vine Hill Syrah. Sadly we were told that this was the last vintage that will be produced. This bottling is made up of 100% Syrah and is around 40-50% whole cluster fermented then aged for 20 months in 25% new French oak. 1,025 cases produced. Insanely dark and inky purplish ruby red, completely coats the glass. Dark berries on the start of the nose followed up by cinnamon, cocoa, blueberries and some dustiness. Medium plus tannins (7/10) with a full body. Rich and layered palate with red currants, red plums, even a touch of blue fruits and some solid minerality. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2028. (93+) $$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $75.00.

9.3

John A

Delicious Syrah. Inky purple. Blue fruits, plum, cinnamon, cocoa.

Delicious Syrah. Inky purple. Blue fruits, plum, cinnamon, cocoa.

9.3

Scott Soren

Rockstar Syrah. Velvety on the pallet. So good

Rockstar Syrah. Velvety on the pallet. So good

9.5

Ryan Arnold

Beautiful Syrah, balance of fruit and spice, not heavy but big in flavor.

Beautiful Syrah, balance of fruit and spice, not heavy but big in flavor.

9.3

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