Donelan

Walker Vine Hill Syrah

9.311 ratings
9.23 pro ratings
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

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.

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.

Jun 3rd, 2018
John A
9.3

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

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

Jul 24th, 2020
Scott Soren

Rockstar Syrah. Velvety on the pallet. So good

Rockstar Syrah. Velvety on the pallet. So good

Jun 2nd, 2018
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.

Dec 15th, 2016
Drew Dodson

Drew had this 5 years ago

Drew had this 5 years ago

Jun 9th, 2017
Jesse Pender

Assistant Winemaker Delicato Family Vineyards

8.7

Jesse had this 6 years ago

Jesse had this 6 years ago

Dec 23rd, 2016
Mark Blandford

Mark had this 3 years ago

Mark had this 3 years ago

Jan 5th, 2020
Cheryl Snow

Cheryl had this 3 years ago

Cheryl had this 3 years ago

Sep 28th, 2019
Steve Druskin

Steve had this 4 years ago

Steve had this 4 years ago

Nov 10th, 2018
Daniel Porter

Daniel had this 5 years ago

Daniel had this 5 years ago

Oct 2nd, 2017