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Donelan Kobler Syrah 2012

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Donelan Kobler Syrah 2012


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The 2012 Kobler Family Vineyard holds nothing back. After electing not to produce the 2011, we are thrilled to have this bold single-vineyard Syrah back in our line-up. The 2012 Kobler doesn't skip a beat: it is instantly recognizable and alluring, and hard to put down. An ode to the savory, spicy nature of Syrah, the Kobler is co-fermented with 10% Viognier from a tiny parcel planted beside the Syrah. The Viognier heightens both the complexity of the palate and the floral aromatics, partnering with the Syrah to produce great weight and intensity balanced with energetic fruit and refined spice.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
Brand Donelan
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
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Wine AdvocateAnother cool-climate Syrah from the Green Valley in Russian River is the 2012 Syrah Kobler Family Vineyard. This is cofermented with 10% Viognier and definitely has a Chinese black tea character. It came in at 13.5% alcohol and 9% new oak was used in the aging, which took place over 20 months. The wine comes across like a Guigal single-vineyard Côte-Rôtie, with notes of lychee nuts, honeysuckle, apricot, marmalade intermixed with cassis, kirsch and blacker fruits. Velvety textured, opulent and voluptuous, this full-bodied, lush, sexy style Syrah should drink beautifully for another decade or more.

Robert Parker, November 2014