Sonoma County Syrah

Donelan

Cuvée Keltie Sonoma County Syrah 2014

Greg Ballington
9.4

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.
— 3 months ago

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Wind Gap Wines

Sonoma Coast Syrah 2013

Initially still closed and we wrote it off as "just ok". However, the next day it was giving more with bright blue fruits and bramble. — 6 days ago

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Pax

Sonoma Hillsides Syrah 2016

Amazingly intense floral nose, red and black fruits, iron, pepper, earth 😍🔥😋 — a day ago

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Drinking fairly well now?
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@Shay A yes, I thought it was more open than my first bottle 5 months ago!

Donelan

Richards Family Vineyard Syrah 2013

Greg Ballington
9.5

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.
— 3 months ago

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Donelan

Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah 2014

Greg Ballington
9.3

First winery on day two in Sonoma was Donelan Family Wines in Santa Rosa with Meredith. The next Rhone varietal red was the Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah. Made up of 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier from the Kobler Family Vineyard in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley. The Syrah and Viognier are co-fermented with around 40-60% whole cluster for 21 months in neutral French oak. Only 508 cases produced.

Deep purplish ruby red. Layered nose with dark berries on the attack followed up by smoked meats, chutney and some floral elements. Medium plus tannins (7/10) with a medium plus body and a dry long finish. Dark minerality on the palate with some purple flowers, savory herbs, leather, salami and raspberries. Drink till 2028. (93+)

$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $60.00.
— 3 months ago

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Peay Vineyards

La Bruma Sonoma Coast Estate Syrah 2012

Still tightly would and a bit tannic, very aromatic. Give it a couple more years. — 10 days ago

romo, Steve and 2 others liked this

Donelan

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.
— 3 months ago

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Bedrock Wine Co.

Griffin's Lair Vineyard Syrah 2011

Great work here. No New World Syrah heaviness and lovely floral and meat aromatics (minimal white pepper) with ample fruit but no sweetness or heat. Unsurprising that I’d like a 2011. Hard to get much closer to St. Joseph in California. — 10 days ago

Jason, Mike and 9 others liked this

Radio-Coteau

Las Colinas Sonoma Coast Syrah 2014

Well balanced. Decanted for about 45 minutes. Disappointed initially, but was pleasantly surprised when revisited on day two. Black and red fruit predominate. Long finish with a hint of spice. — 15 days ago

Shay, Paul and 4 others liked this

Bevan Cellars

De Crescenzo Vineyard Syrah

As Russell would say....yummy!!! 2008 — 15 hours ago

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Raul Puga

Amazing wine!!! Definitely YUMMY!!