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Donelan

Cuvée Christine Sonoma County Syrah 2013

Wine still holds up well. Great spice tones with blackberry hints that compliments a great tasting experience! — 14 days ago

Pax Mahle Wines

Obsidian Vineyard Syrah 2005

Reached pretty far back in the cellar for this one. Pax Mahl was making some terrific wines out of his eponymous winery (Obsidian and Griffin’s Lair were my favorites), until some sort of flare-up between him and Joe Donelan eventually resulted in them splitting the vineyard accesses between them and shutting down the winery. After 15 years, this wine is still going strong. Great example of a cooler climate north coast syrah. — 3 years ago

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These early-mid 2000’s vintages for Pax were awesome.
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God I love those early Pax Syrahs... saving my last ‘04 Griffin’s Lair for some memorable birthday.
Jim McCusker

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@Stephen Redenbaugh, the 2004 Griffin’s is the last one in my cellar!

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Grande Sonoma County Syrah 2015

Eric I
9.6

At the Donelan Tasting Room - Syrah Grande, best 2 barrels of the vintage — 5 years ago

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Obsidian Vineyard Syrah 2014

Deep contemplative Syrah tasting of black raisins and dried cherries, with a smoky finish. At $70 a little pricey for what it was but still a wine worth trying. Well-made. — 7 months ago

Cayuse Vineyards

Cailloux Vineyard Syrah 2010

Shay A
9.4

I opened this with some friends and it was alongside a 2003 Saxum Bone Rock (good, drink up), 2013 Donelan Obsidian (wow! Cayuse like), a 2013 SQN Le Supplement (massive and spectacular), and a 2016 The Third Twin Nuestra (feral, wild, cerebral).

While this was a fantastic bottle, I think it’s going to get slightly better (it bulked up and added a touch more of everything on day two). Undeniably Cayuse in style, but more northern Rhône Syrah than new world Syrah. Aromatically you are hit with that classic funk that Cayuse is known for...black olive, iron, mineral, and fox fur. Not sure of the whole cluster use here but it comes across as fairly strong/green with fruit notes of underripe black cherry. The splash of Viognier that Cayuse utilizes for their Cailloux makes this so perfumed. On the palate, it really shines showing iron, teriyaki, and olive tapenade. The savoriness of these wines meshes well with the fruit as age sets in and the fruit returns towards the back of the palate...blackberry, mulberry, and spicy rhubarb pie. Fantastic now, possibly outstanding in the next 2-3yrs. If opening soon, decant a couple hours and you’ll be golden.
— 4 years ago

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Third twin👍🏼
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@Paul T- Huntington Beach : I’ve never had a wine like that Third Twin. It was utterly captivating...green peppercorn crusted Black Forest cake. So unique.
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Donelan Obsidian is kick ass, also their Richards Family & Walker Vine Hill.

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Tripp's Block Perli Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Greg Ballington
9.1

First winery on day two in Sonoma was Donelan Family Wines in Santa Rosa with Meredith. Second red was the Tripp's Block Pinot Noir which comes from the Perli vineyard in the Mendocino Ridge at an elevation of 1550 feet. Aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels and only 246 cases produced.

Medium to deep ruby red. Layered nose with some light baking spices on the attack as well as some red cherries, followed up by cedar and damp forest floor. Medium plus acidity (7/10) and medium bodied. Balanced tannins as well with noted of red cherries, dried strawberries and bramble berries to boot. A bit of cinnamon and cedar as well. Dry with a lingering finish. Drink till 2024.

$$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $78.00.
— 6 years ago

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Judge Vineyard Syrah 2017

Mike R
9.4

Highly recommend - great Cali Syrah — 2 years ago

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Agreed. Donelan produces a brilliant Syrah
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@Mike R They also have a pretty solid Chardonnay.
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Brandon T

Always enjoy this. Happy holidays, @Mike R!

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Cuvée Moriah Sonoma County Red Blend 2016

Great red blend very smooth fruit throughout — 4 years ago

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Genevieve's Block Devoto Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

By coincidence I had two Donelan whites on near consecutive nights. The Chard is pretty punchy. Lemon and minerals. Some brioche. Tasty. Like a flat Bollinger. — 4 years ago

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Walker Vine Hill Syrah 2013

Greg Ballington
9.3

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.
— 6 years ago

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