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Donelan Walker Vine Hill Syrah 2012

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Donelan Walker Vine Hill Syrah 2012

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After years of experience with this site, we have come to understand each block individually. In 2012, we fermented seven different wines from Walker Vine Hill, with varying degrees of stem-inclusion and oak regimes, maximizing the intricate layers within the vineyard. The backbone of the 2012 Syrah is the original 20-year old planting, providing vivid blueberry and focused structure. Other blocks strike distinct yet harmonious chords - a younger parcel with smaller clusters lends concentration; yet another adds spiced plum - exotic in a Syrah. The result is a cuvée within a single vineyard, adorning a seductive Syrah with a sophisticated veil.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Region California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
Brand Donelan
Alcohol/vol 13.7%
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Wine AdvocateThe single-vineyard Syrah, the 2012 Syrah Walker Vine Hill comes from the heart of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay country in Russian River, just up the street from the Kistler and Dehlinger wineries. Relatively modest in alcohol by certain California Syrah standards (13.7%), it was aged 20 months in 23% new French Oak. The wine, which they've been producing since 2001, has a deep ruby purple color, a big sweet kiss of roasted meats, herbs, pepper and spice, blackberry fruit that unfolds gracefully in a full-bodied but elegant, stylish nose, with a hint of pepper and spice box.

Robert Parker, December 2014