Donelan Kobler Syrah 2012
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
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.