Solid Malbec, slightly drier and less fruity than a Pinot — 23 days ago
First winery on day two in Sonoma was Donelan Family Wines in Santa Rosa with Meredith. The next Rhone varietal red was the Cuvée Keltie Syrah. Made up of 100% Syrah from four vineyards in Sonoma County; Kobler Family, Steiner Ranch, Obsidian and Richard Family vineyards. This bottling is 100% whole cluster fermented in small batches then aged for 21 months in neutral French oak. Only 301 cases produced.
Dark ruby red with some violet hues. Complex and layered nose with leather, twigs, sweet spices, touch floral and dark red berries. Medium plus tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Rich palate with vanilla, cinnamon, smokiness, baking spices, dark cocoa, dark berries and a touch of light petrol. Long finish. Drink till 2030.
$$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $90.00. — 4 years ago
Love this! Drank with yonat and jono in santa Rosa — 5 years ago
Great 100% Cab for the price. Smooth tannins, rich blackberries and bright strawberries. Bottle barn in Santa Rosa. — 2 years ago
First winery on day two in Sonoma was Donelan Family Wines in Santa Rosa with Meredith. The next Rhone varietal red was the Richards Family Vineyard Syrah. Made up of 100% Syrah from the Richard Family Vineyard. This bottling is around 70-100% whole cluster fermented then aged for 28 months in 33% new French oak. Only 466 cases produced.
Dark purplish ruby red. Nice layers on the nose with some savory characteristics, dark cocoa, herbs, leather, purple flowers and some spices. Medium plus to heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Dry undertones on the palate with plush dark berries, crushed dark gravel and sweet spices. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2031.
$$$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $150.00. — 4 years ago
First winery on day two in Sonoma was Donelan Family Wines in Santa Rosa with Meredith. First red up was the Two Brothers Pinot Noir which comes from four separate vineyards in Sonoma County; 41% from Steiner Ranch, 26% from Walker Vine Hill, 21% from Devoto and 12% from Perli. Namesake is for the two sons, Tripp and Cushing. Aged for 18 months in 17% new French oak. 1,630 cases produced.
Medium garnet red with some ruby in the core. A touch of greenery on the nose with some twigs and strawberries. A touch of tobacco and cedar too. Medium acidity (6.5/10) with a light plus to medium body. Layered palate with notes of cinnamon, violet, white pepper, plums and a touch of mushrooms. Medium plus finish with a little bit of iron coming through. Drink till 2021.
$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $55.00. — 4 years ago
medium ruby; raspberry, baking spices, vanilla, hints of caramel; plush, dark fruit, finish is a bit hot and of medium length; medium body, medium acidity, light fine grained tannin, 14.3% ABV; made from 100% Pinot Noir from the Rancho Santa Rosa Estate Vineyard, gently destemmed, not pressed, all free run juice, aged 18 months in 50% new French oak; $55 — 3 years ago
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+)
$$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $75.00. — 4 years ago
First winery on day two in Sonoma was Donelan Family Wines in Santa Rosa with Meredith. First up was the Nancie Chardonnay which is named after Tripp and Cushing's grandmother. It is made up of 100% Chardonnay from four vineyards with Sonoma County. The first two are from on top of Sonoma Mountain, then the third is from 30+ year old vines in the Russian River Valley and the last is from Green Valley. Aged for 10 months in 20% new French oak. 1,947 cases produced.
Medium to light golden yellow. Creamy nose with lemon curd, red apples, vanilla beans and a touch of stoniness in the finish. Medium plus acidity (7/10) with a lean medium body. Crisp attack on the palate with some yellow tree and stone fruits and a little bit of a creamy texture. A touch sharp in the medium plus finish. Drink till 2022.
$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $48.00. — 4 years ago