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Donelan Richards Family Vineyard Syrah Sonoma Valley 2012

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Donelan Richards Family Vineyard Syrah Sonoma Valley 2012

  • Country USA
  • Region Annadel State Park
  • ABV 14.7%
  • Case size 12 / 75cl
  • The aromatics remain fresh and youthful, yet below the surface lies mystery and complexity – herb-encrusted lamb, graphite, freshly-cut lavender, and cherry liqueur. The palate of the wine starts with such a distinct sensation, like the first spoonful of chocolate mousse, followed by a complex and structured mid-palate that cradles a very full and compelling finish.

97 Points, Jeb Dunnock

“A wine I followed for multiple days, the 2012 Syrah Richards Family Vineyard is another incredible effort that I suspect will merit an even higher score in another few years. Possessing a deep purple, mostly opaque color as well as a kaleidoscope of blackberry, currants, violets, decaying flowers, cured meats, and pepper, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, building, ripe tannin, perfectly integrated acidity, and a great finish. It’s surprisingly structured, tannic, and closed, especially for 2012, so forget bottles for a good 3-4 years.”

2020-2035

"One of Joe Donelan’s favorite vineyards and wines is his 2012 Syrah Richards Family Vineyard. (2013 was tasted from a barrel but is not yet in a bottle.) This vineyard is located in Annadel State Park in Sonoma County. It is considered a warmer region, but this is an east-facing, isolated vineyard. The wine is 100% Syrah aged in 45% new French oak for a whopping 34 months before bottling. The extended aging seems to calm down this wine, which has an incredible density of fruit, mostly blackberry, blueberry, and cassis, a brooding smell of subtle barbecue smoke and charcoal, full-bodied opulence, and a terrific finish with great density. This is a stunner and one of the superstars of a great lineup of wines. Drink it over the next 15 years." 96+ Points Robert M Parker jr, The Wine Advocate, 2016-2031

The company motto is˜Wine is a Journey, not a Destination and gives a clear indication of the ethos of Donelan Family Wines. Founded by Joe Donelan, who now runs the business alongside his sons Cushing and Tripp, Donelan is a small, boutique Sonoma winery producing Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Roussanne and Viognier. Producing just 8,000 cases per year they prize quality over all other factors. Simply put, they think wine should taste great and work with every vintage and every grape, to achieve this goal, always recognizing that next year will bring another step on the road.

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CountryUnited States
Vintage2012
Bottles Per Case12
Bottle Size75
2 cases 10% offNo
Winery

Founded by Joe Donelan, who now runs the business alongside his sons Cushing and Tripp, Donelan is a small, boutique Sonoma winery producing Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Roussanne and Viognier. Producing just 8,000 cases per year they prize quality over all other factors. They are becoming known for their exceptionally small-release bottlings of vinous experimentations: clonal varietals, site-specific variations, and the like. This factor has turned them from being a first-class winery into also being internationally recognised for leading this type of small-batch production.

They believe that the best wines are not made but discovered and take pride in harnessing the greatest qualities and natural variations in a vineyard and a variety. The aromatics remain fresh and youthful, yet below the surface lies mystery and complexity – herb-encrusted lamb, graphite, freshly-cut lavender, and cherry liqueur. The palate of the wine starts with such a distinct sensation, like the first spoonful of chocolate mousse, followed by a complex and structured mid-palate that cradles a very full and compelling finish.

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